Tag Archives: Song BIrds

Yellow-rumped Warblers Everywhere

This winter I have seen Yellow-rumped Warblers at all my birding spots.

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Yellow-rumped Warbler

Sunday was no different when they were zipping all over Magnolia Cemetery.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler showing off his name-sake

This fellow gave me quite a few poses.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

The decaying plot fences around the cemetery are common perching spots, if only for a moment.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler on metal fence

The tangled shrubs that hang over the pond were the favorite spot that afternoon, perhaps because there was ample sun to warm the birds up.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Tucked in a Hummock

The big pond at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area is dotted with these little islands covered with clumps of marsh grasses. Maybe not quite technically hummocks, as I’m not sure the ground is in a mound or if the grass is just thriving in a clump.

It’s not uncommon to see Black-crowned Night-herons tucked into the grass, but on this cold day they were joined by a Great Egret and a Double-crested Cormorant was bobbing in the water. I couple other Night Herons came and went while I was watching.

Birds Tucked Into the Grass
Birds Tucked Into the Grass

Look closely and those little blurs are Swallows zipping through the air. By 11:30 AM it had warmed up enough for insects to be active at the water surface.

Birds Tucked Into the Grass
Birds Tucked Into the Grass

These Swallows are fast!

Swallows Over Marsh Grass
Swallows Over Marsh Grass

Yellow-rumped Warbler On The Hunt

A very busy Yellow-rumped Warbler was zipping back and forth over the edge of a small pond.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

He found small twigs to perch on between forays.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

And then totally surprised me by landing in the water, which is much deeper than just to his ankles.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

The carpet of vegetation, or perhaps a stick under the surface, was enough to hold up his  0.4-0.5 ounce (12-13 g) body while he poked in the water.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

He got his treasure and skedaddled showing off his name-sake rump.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

White-eyed Vireo with Worm

White-eyed Vireos are a fast, elusive song bird.

White-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo

This one was intent on food. He picked a worm off a leaf and flew down to an open branch to eat it.

White-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo

But first he beat it a few times.

White-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo

I’ve seen song birds gather a stack of worms or insects  in their beak and thought he might be rendering this one ready for a flight to a nest.

White-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo

No, this one was for him.

White-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo

One gulp and it was gone.

White-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo