Goodbye Yellow Butt Birds

So goodbye yellow butt birds
You’ll be leaving town any day now
I can’t trap you in my backyard
You’re heading out of the south

Obviously I had another song by Sir Elton floating around in my brain as I wrote this post; but the gist of it is, my Yellow-rumped Warblers will (heavy sigh!) be leaving soon.

I can tell by the ways the males have darkened up that mating (and migrating) season is upon us.  When these birds first arrived to spend the winter months, the coloring was the same soft brown for both the males and the females.  Here’s a reminder photo of what they looked like a couple months ago.


Now, the gals, like the one below, have stayed the same…


…but the fellows have undergone a major transformation.

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They really are rather dashing and debonair, wouldn’t you say?
I like how the pictures below seem like black and white photos that I colorized, but that’s just how the lighting was yesterday.

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I hate to see these beautiful birds go, but their return gives me something to joyfully anticipate.

About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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23 Responses to Goodbye Yellow Butt Birds

  1. Trail Walker says:

    They are beautiful. I will watch for them to arrive here on the shores of Lake Erie.

  2. Gosh, Kathy, the “black and white” version is even more beautiful! Wow! So many birds coming and going and always something new to look forward to. ❤

  3. Sharon Mann says:

    I like how the male has the hint of white under his eyes. These birds have gorgeous feather combinations. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Jodi says:

    Oh are these beautiful- and THANK YOU for putting a new song in my head today! 🙂

  5. joepyeweed1 says:

    They have arrived in Illinois!

  6. aussiebirder says:

    Yes Kathy, seasons have their way of bringing variety into our life and with it anticipation of the return of things we love. Likewise, our migratory friends have left for the winter, and I look forward to seeing them and hearing them again in late spring. I Love your beautiful bird pics:-)

  7. Lovely photos, Kathy! It’s like having your kids leave, knowing they always come back for your awesome meals!

  8. Yellow Butt Birds 😀
    I’m sorry to see them go too, but as you say, it gives us something to look forward to next season. Beautiful photos as always ❤

  9. Jill Kuhn says:

    Their transformation is amazing! Enjoyed your photos and your lyrics! Hehe! 😄

  10. Denis1950 says:

    Great photos of a beautiful little bird.

  11. Wow! they surely do give the girls a show in colours and markings, simply gorgeous. Love seeing the process of the change too.

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