Yellow Warbler - Look Quick Before It's Gone

May 06, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

From mid-April through late July to September you can find the migrating Yellow Warbler in Pennsylvania.  The Yellow Warbler is usually found in moist woodlands, dense tangles of brush, and shrubby fencerows and fields; all usually around water.  With the chestnut markings on its breast, the male Yellow Warbler jumps around the thicket looking for insects.

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler (Canon EOS 7D, Canon 300mm 2.8L, 1.4X EF Extender III, f/4 @ 420mm, 1/640, ISO 200)

 

Insects, caterpillars, beetles, and the like are its primary diet. Usually the males are found high up in the trees and the less conspicuous females are lower. In late summer they will begin their nighttime migration in large flocks to southern states, Mexico, Central and South America.  While breeding in Pennsylvania, the Yellow Warbler is often a victim of nest theft by Brown-headed Cowbirds. The Warbler will recognize the foreign eggs and either abandon the nest or build another on top of the Cowbird's eggs. They have been known to create multilayered, high-rise nests. 

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler (Canon EOS 7D, Canon 300mm 2.8L, f/2.8 @ 300mm, 1/1250, ISO 200)

 

One of the benefits of photographing wildlife is the opportunity it creates to learn about birds and mammals.  Rather than being overwhelmed by studying about several species, I usually wait until I photograph a subject for the first time and then I research the internet and books for information.  As a matter of fact, most of the information about the Yellow Warbler in this blog posting was found on the internet and in the "Birds of Pennsylvania" book by Lone Pine.  Until today I knew very little about the Yellow Warbler.  Using this information to understand their habitat, I have increased my chances of photographing more Yellow Warblers.

Thanks for looking,

Dan


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