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Natural Highlights: Yellow-rumped Warbler

  photo by Jim Stasz

The songs of Yellow-rumped Warblers preparing to migrate to breeding grounds in higher latitudes and elevations are among the early heralds of spring in the Mid-South. Warblers can be challenging to see without binoculars; they are small and seem to be in constant motion, flitting through the treetops as they glean branches and leaves for tiny invertebrates. In the winter, they are apparently unique among the warblers in their ability to digest the berries of wax myrtle trees, and they eat many other types of berries as well, including those produced by juniper and poison ivy. True to its name, the Yellow-rumped Warbler has a yellow patch of rump feathers, even in the winter, on both males and females. In breeding plumage, they are strikingly beautiful birds, and males are especially colorful. 

With a bit of patience, you can see Yellow-rumped Warblers at Epping Way and on other sections of the Wolf River Greenway where many species of birds find shelter and food in riparian forests.  Also at Epping Way right now and very easy to see: American Robins, Eastern Bluebirds, Northern Cardinals, Red-winged Blackbirds, Song Sparrows, Carolina Chickadees, Carolina Wrens, Mallards, and more.

For photos, sounds, and more information on the Yellow-rumped Warbler, please visit the following links:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-rumped_Warbler/id

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-rumped_Warbler/sounds

https://ebird.org/science/status-and-trends/yerwar/abundance-map-weekly

https://ebird.org/science/status-and-trends/yerwar/range-map

 

Posted by Cathy Justis at 1:14 PM