Sunday, February 14, 2010

Yellow-rumped Warbler


Early yesterday morning I went out to photograph our highly unusual snow fall. As a bonus, I got a close up shot of a warbler. When walking the dogs, I always see them flitting around in the Wax Myrtle shrubs but, they are far to fast for me to clearly see any field markings.

I was on the sidewalk looking at the slightly elevated hedge of wax myrtles and began 'pishing'. There I stood, hoping no one came along to hear me saying "pish, pish,........pish, pish,.........pish, pish. To my joy, the warblers came in close to see what the 'pishing' was all about :)

Back to the warmth of our home I went, husband and dogs still tucked warmly in bed. Photographs were downloaded and at long last, I was able to I.D. this little one.

Yellow-rumped Warblers, Dendroica coronata, love open brushy habitats and especially fruited trees. The small loose flocks that I always see, in the winter, are eating the wax myrtle berries. No wonder they are the most common warbler of our winters. Wax myrtle's are everywhere and are always loaded with berries.