This winter I have seen Yellow-rumped Warblers at all my birding spots.
Sunday was no different when they were zipping all over Magnolia Cemetery.
This fellow gave me quite a few poses.
The decaying plot fences around the cemetery are common perching spots, if only for a moment.
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.
A very busy Yellow-rumped Warbler was zipping back and forth over the edge of a small pond.
He found small twigs to perch on between forays.
And then totally surprised me by landing in the water, which is much deeper than just to his ankles.
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.
He got his treasure and skedaddled showing off his name-sake rump.
This Yellow-rumped Warbler flew into a tree right in front of me.
I think we were both surprised!
Yellow-rumped Warbler, a small bird that is easy to identify using his name, also known as “butter butt.”
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.
The warblers tend to be fast and elusive, usually working the inner branches as they move along a tree line.
It’s always a treat when they turn towards the camera, even though this is not the Butter Butt’s most colorful side.
The sky was gloriously blue and this Yellow-rumped Warbler flitted in and out of the trees along the rice field dike.
Anyone who follows birds, especially the small ones, knows the advantage of fall and leafless trees.
The other edge of the dike is lined with various evergreen trees making it easy for these little fellows to disappear in a flash.