Yellow-rumped warblers are one of the most common warblers in North America. They tend to be rather drab during the winter, but during the Spring they molt into an eye-catching mix of bright yellow, charcoal gray, black, and white.
If you want to attract them to your yard, try putting out sunflower seed, raisins, suet, and peanut butter.
Here are a couple of fun facts about this striking bird:
· 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.
· Male Yellow-rumped Warblers tend to forage higher in trees than females do.
A trio of yellow-rumped warblers arrived in my backyard a little less than a week ago and I’m enjoying watching them feed on my suet and sunflower seed. Their bright yellow accents catch my eye every so often as I look out the window from my studio. This is my favorite time of the year to bird as the warblers and others start to migrate north. They’re much easier to spot before the leaves fully bloom on all the trees!
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