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Had a very light thundershower overnight here in Murray Valley (not much rain) but it is thundering now at 9:30 AM. So fingers crossed ! Drove south 20 miles to Haw Creek yesterday afternoon. Here are a few photos:

 

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He appeared Sunday and I got off about 40 shots at a very long range with a 840mm Lens:

Yellow-rumped Warblers are impressive in the sheer numbers with which they flood the continent each fall. Shrubs and trees fill with the streaky brown-and-yellow birds and their distinctive, sharp chips. Though the color palette is subdued all winter, you owe it to yourself to seek these birds out on their spring migration or on their breeding grounds. Spring molt brings a transformation, leaving them a dazzling mix of bright yellow, charcoal gray and black, and bold white.

  • Size & Shape

    Yellow-rumped Warblers are fairly large, full-bodied warblers with a large head, sturdy bill, and long, narrow tail.

  • Color Pattern

    In summer, both sexes are a smart gray with flashes of white in the wings and yellow on the face, sides, and rump. Males are very strikingly shaded; females are duller and may show some brown. Winter birds are paler brown, with bright yellow rump and usually some yellow on the sides.

  • Behavior

    Yellow-rumped Warblers typically forage in the outer tree canopies at middle heights. They’re active, and you’ll often see them sally out to catch insects in midair, sometimes on long flights. In winter they spend lots of time eating berries from shrubs, and they often travel in large flocks.

  • Habitat

    In summer, Yellow-rumped Warblers are birds of open coniferous forests and edges, and to a lesser extent deciduous forests. In fall and winter they move to open woods and shrubby habitats, including coastal vegetation, parks, and residential areas.

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I saw this guy yesterdy prior to the rains. They are beautiful, small songbirds, and usually one of the first four warblers I see each year. Their actions are much line Nuthatches, in fact he was on my birdfeeder priior to flying to a tree and me getting this photograph. I had my Canon 7D with a 600mm Lens and got off a few shots bwefore I spooked him:

Adult Description

  • Small songbird.
  • Yellow throat and chest.
  • Gray back.
  • Black face connecting to stripes down sides.
  • White eyestripe.
  • White earpatch.
  • Two white wingbars.

Immature Description

Similar to adult, but duller, and female may be washed brownish on back.

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Another photo in a continuing series on a pair of Redheaded woodpeckers mating and nesting this April 2013:

 

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An ongoing series about the redheaded woodpeckers near Parthenon, Arkansas:

 

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