The winter season tends to hold a lot of backyard bird activity, so I thought over the course of this month, I’d spotlight some of the birds that have been showing up…sort of give you “The Flavor of February.”
How about we start things off with my duo of winter Warblers?
First on the billing is the Yellow-rumped Warbler (a little bird I adore) who arrives in late fall and stays til early spring. His markings start off with an abundance of beige and cream and dabs of yellow, but will blacken up when mating season rolls around.
Alert and active, he is quite territorial and is constantly dive-bombing other Warblers.
Occasionally, he will hop down to the Bark Butter branches and refuel, but he doesn’t tend to linger long.
Even when he pauses to pose, he is still looking about to see if any competitors need chasing away.
His sun-shiny, sweet-singing cousin, the Pine Warbler, is a year round resident in my neck of the woods, but he comes to the feeders more frequently in the colder weather.
More sweet-tempered than his butter-butt relative, these guys brighten the backyard with their vibrant colors and their cheerful warbling.
Occasionally another Warbler wanders through, but these two are my frequent February visitors and are always welcome guests.
13 thoughts on “The Flavor of February: Winter Warblers”
Beautiful birds and photos. A nice lift while we are encased in ice in Ontario.
Brrr…I shiver just reading that comment!
These are such wonderful captures of one of my favorite little birds. They are usually so elusive- you have captured him beautifully!
Elusive – good word for them. 😊
Yeah, I have a new telephoto lens I would like to try out on bird photography. What lens did you use to capture these?
These were with a Canon 100-400mm.
I love this lens for birds.
I truly feel how much you love these little guys from your photos and words, Kathy!
Such beautiful photos of the Pine Warbler!! Wow! That yellow!! 💛💛💛
Amazing captures of that cute little bird.
Thank you Ma’am. 🙂
Wonderful photos of these beautiful little warblers, Kathy!
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