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Today I had 2 adult male orioles on the Hummingbird Feeders and a female and one juvenile interested in the Red Raspberries.  These pictures are of the female and juvenile bird waiting to swoop down onto the raspberries. I always forget how beautiful and graceful they are; taken with a Canon 70D and a EF400L f/5.6 at 5.6;

 

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These photos are a week old now; from back when the sun used to shine (its been mostly cloudy for a week now and unseasonably cold too), 28F again this morning. These are of American Goldfinches just beginning to molt to yellow; with 5 weeks they will be bright yellow. The mourning cloak was in the snow at Richland Creek, two weeks ago. I took the Goldfinch photos in my yard with a telephoto lens about Feb 20th, 2013:

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These beautiful little warblers do not have much color yet. By April, they will be beautiful, with very deep blacks and yellows. In February they might even be mistaken for the  many species of sparrows coming through the area at this time. I took this photo last week by Boxley Mill Pond, where they were sifting through the debris in search of worms and grubs. Good numbers of these warblers winter in southern Missouri and Arkansas, and may retreat hundreds of miles in severe winter weather.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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