Photo shot in my backyard in Virginia Beach, VA on Dec 26, 2010, during our “Blizzard”. We received a whopping 14 inches in 24 hours that is a huge record in this area.
I know those of you that live up north think I’m nuts but I loved every minute of it as it fell, and for the week it hung around.
This little Yellow Rumped Warbler is a Winter favorite of mine, especially when it reaches its full breeding coat, just before going back up north for the Summer.
Camera used was PowerShot SX20 IS
Yellow-rumped Warblers~Dendroica coronata are fairly large, full-bodied warblers with a large head, sturdy bill, and long, narrow tail.
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.
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.
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.