Category Archives: Songbirds

Yellow-rumped Warbler

This Yellow-rumped Warbler, also known as “Butter Butt” paused as he was looking for snacks along the tree line of the rice field dike.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler – with flash of yellow showing

The warblers tend to be fast and elusive, usually working the inner branches as they move along a tree line.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

It’s always a treat when they turn towards the camera, even though this is not the Butter Butt’s most colorful side.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Pine Warbler On the Ground

Pine Warblers usually stick to the trees but this colorful fellow was zipping around on the ground chasing insects.

Pine Warbler
Pine Warbler

These were taken at Charleston’s Magnolia Cemetery, which is a haven for small birds. There are lots of trees for shelter and the grounds are only minimally kept up and harbor insects of all sorts. Many of the plots are bordered with granite edging which helps these small birds trap lunch.

Pine Warbler
Pine Warbler

Swamp Sparrow on a Reed

Swamp Sparrows are elusive and quick. Their non-breeding colors are not flashy and help them hide as they hunt along the marsh edge.

Swamp Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow

If you are fortunate enough to see one land, he might hold still long enough for a photo.

Swamp Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow

This one actually flipped direction giving me both a left and right profile. The reed foliage is drying up, giving more spotting opportunities than a month ago.

Swamp Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow

Palm Warbler

I had been watching some small birds flit in and out of the underbrush at the side of the road. The sun had just come up and they were hunting for breakfast in the lowest, darkest parts of the vegetation. This Palm Warbler finally took a break in the sun on a reed frond.

Palm Warbler
Palm Warbler

I was able to get a few steps closer and get a few images at a different angle before he went back to foraging.

Palm Warbler
Palm Warbler