Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Common Yellowthroat

Good afternoon!  I hope you're all having a great Wednesday!  I have a few photos to share this week for Wild Bird Wednesday.  I took these shots of this cute little warbler while at Lake Martin, Louisiana last weekend.  He's a Common Yellowthroat, a small songbird that frequents wetlands and marshes in dense vegetation where they search for small insects and spiders.  

Adult males are bright yellow below, with a sharp black face mask and olive upperparts. A thin whitish line sets off the black mask from the head and neck. Immature males show traces of the full mask of adult males. Females are a plain olive brown, usually with yellow brightening the throat and under the tail. They lack the black mask. During migration, this is often the most common warbler found in fields and edges. It sometimes joins other warbler species in mixed foraging flocks.

Common Yellowthroats forage on or near the ground, eating insects and spiders from leaves, bark, branches, flowers, or fruit in low vegetation. Their diet includes bugs, flies, beetles, ants, termites, bees, wasps, grasshoppers, dragonflies, damselflies, moths, butterflies, caterpillars, and other larvae. Though they mostly glean their food while perched, they may sally out from a perch to catch prey. Like many birds, Common Yellowthroats also eat grit, which possibly helps them digest food or adds minerals to their diet.

Common Yellowthroats live in thick, tangled vegetation in a wide range of habitats—from wetlands to prairies to pine forests—across North America. Their breeding range stretches across most of the United States, the Canadian provinces, and western Mexico. Yellowthroats are most common in wet areas, which tend to have dense vegetation low to the ground, ideal for skulking and building hidden nests. But they are also found in dry upland pine forests, palmetto thickets, drainage ditches, hedgerows, orchards, fields, burned-over oak forests, shrub-covered hillsides, river edges, and disturbed sites. They winter in similar habitats with dense vegetation in the southern United States, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.  (Information from the online site of Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds)

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  1. What a beauty. I was just reading about them earlier today.

  2. Very pretty bird!
    And thanks for the info, I should be able to find them here in Mississippi. I'll certainly be looking for them.

  3. Hello, beautiful captures of the Common Yellowthroat! Have a happy day!

  4. They are a bird I encounter a lot while paddling. I'm starting to hear them sing in the Carolinas. Thanks for a great post.

  5. ah...Susan...such beautiful creatures. Love your shots

  6. The Common yellowthroat is so interesting bird (here in Europe are no Common yellowthroats). It also looks very lovely.

  7. Don't think we have them around these parts...

    Isn't it funny how many birds have that word "common" in their names? ...and, yet...when we see them, they are anything but common. This little guy is lovely...