Tag Archives: Song BIrds

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

Eastern Phoebe

The Eastern Phoebes around the rice field canals often eat by alternating flying out over the canal to gather insects and landing on a perch that overhangs the water.

Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe

The marsh reeds appeared golden at the end of the afternoon on this day and I was able to get a bit better background as I got closer to this Phoebe.

Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe

Not surprisingly, many of their chosen perches are obstructed from view by branches and reeds. And they don’t hold still very long.

Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe

Following A Yellow-rumped Warbler

The sky was gloriously blue and this Yellow-rumped Warbler flitted in and out of the trees along the rice field dike.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Anyone who follows birds, especially the small ones, knows the advantage of fall and leafless trees.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

The other edge of the dike is lined with various evergreen trees making it easy for these little fellows to disappear in a flash.

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

Orchard Oriole Parents

In the three weeks since I photographed an Orchard Oriole working on her nest I’ve passed by the tree several times and seen no activity. On Sunday a male was sitting on branches about 30 feet from the nest.

Male Orchard Oriole with Grasshopper
Male Orchard Oriole with Grasshopper

After carefully watching the area he zipped into the nest with the grasshopper. You can just see one wing and a tail hanging out the entrance.

Male Orchard Oriole Going into Nest
Male Orchard Oriole Going into Nest

The nest was swinging back and forth in a light breeze and the male made a quick exit.

Orchard Oriole Nest
Orchard Oriole Nest

My question, was the male feeding his mate while she sat on eggs or chicks, was soon answered when the female appeared with another grasshopper.

Female Orchard Oriole with Grasshopper
Female Orchard Oriole with Grasshopper

The female was coming in at a different angle and had to pause to get into the nest.

Female Orchard Oriole with Grasshopper
Female Orchard Oriole with Grasshopper

After delivering the snack she came out with a fecal sac and disappeared into the woods.

Female Orchard Oriole Removing Fecal Sac
Female Orchard Oriole Removing Fecal Sac