Yellow Rumped Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warbler, photo by Jeff Dehmel

Jeff’s back with another bird everyone! I couldn’t resist – the colors on this are so perfectly April!! Here’s a couple of facts on the Yellow-rumped Warbler from All About Birds:

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.

The Yellow-rumped Warbler is the only warbler able to digest the waxes found in bayberries and wax myrtles. Its ability to use these fruits allows it to winter farther north than other warblers, sometimes as far north as Newfoundland.

They’re the warbler you’re most likely to see fluttering out from a tree to catch a flying insect, and they’re also quick to switch over to eating berries in fall. Other places Yellow-rumped Warblers have been spotted foraging include picking at insects on washed-up seaweed at the beach, skimming insects from the surface of rivers and the ocean, picking them out of spiderwebs, and grabbing them off piles of manure.

The oldest recorded Yellow-rumped Warbler was at least 7 years old.

View the photo background big and see more in Jeff’s Holloway Reservoir slideshow (where you’ll see his photo of a bald eagle from not long ago).

More spring wallpaper and more birds on Michigan in Pictures.

7 thoughts on “Yellow Rumped Warbler

  1. Dear Farlane,

    Does Jeff Dehmel live near Davison, MI or Flint, MI where I lived for 45-yrs.? I ask because the Holloway Reservoir is very close to Davison, MI. I clicked on his website and checked out all of his bird photo’s (Blue Herons, Bald Eagles, Ducks and Swans, etc.). He is an amazing photographer who takes beautiful photos of Michigan’s natural wildlife animals in all their bright colors and natural habitat. Please tell him I said so and that he is invited to come to Sheboygan County, WI anytime to take photos of the seven species of Canadian Geese that winter here in Wisconsin. He can get some good photos right inside downtown Sheboygan on the shore of Lake Michigan of seagulls, ducks, cranes, pelicans, hawks, songbirds and bunnies and squirrels. Honestly, my apartment building sits exactly in the center of this city of 50,000 people and my first year here I was visited by three wood ducks who walked right up to my patio door! The ducks, geese and gulls like to congregate on the Sheboygan river one block west of my apartment and adjacent to Water Street Park. Sheboygan is a birdwatcher’s paradise! Sincerely…Jim Schaefer


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    1. Hi Jim,
      Thanks for your comment!! I live in the Burton area nearby Holloway Reservoir. Sounds like at one time we were neighbors. I would love to come to Sheboygan County WI. Sounds like some fantastic opportunities exist there. Neat story about the wood ducks walking up to your patio door!! Thanks again, Jim, for taking the time to write such a nice comment and for the invite to your neck of the woods! –Jeff


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