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Last week in the Uintas I saw a lot of Yellow-rumped Warblers, but it was hard to get great shots because the adults were so busy finding insects for their babies.  Here’s the male:

 

 

The female is a much lighter color.  The females look more quizzical to me than the males.  Maybe it’s because of her head cock.

 

 

Today I went to Solitude and got some fantastic shots of a mother and her baby.  Here’s the other quizzical look:

 

Is he ever going to get full?

 

She was very diligent in feeding the baby.

 

 

She has a feather out of place on her head.  Raising babies is hard work.  All the birds today looked especially ragged.  One of the chickadees was losing all the black on his head!  I like how you can see her yellow crown here.

 

 

Here you can appreciate how ragged she looks.

 

 

The Yellow-rumped Warbler used to be two different species: the Myrtle Warbler and the Audubon Warbler.  These birds are of the Audubon variety because they have yellow throats (Myrtle Warblers have white throats).

 

The baby was so cute.  I wanted to take him home with me.

 

 

 

4 Responses to “Yellow-rumped Warblers”

  1. Tiffany says:

    This might be my favorite photo series ever!!! And ending it with the food stuffed little fluffy baby – be still my heart.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks! It’s a lot of work to digest all those insects. :-)

  3. Kathy Walters says:

    Elizabeth,
    Did you add to this, or did I just miss all the content in my sleep deprived haze? It is wonderful. One of the highlights of my raft trip in Montana last month was a male Yellow-rump hovergleaning on a weeping cliff as we floated by! They are wonderful! In Florida, we get the Myrtle variety late in the winter.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I put a lot (but not all) of these pics on Facebook, so that might be why it seems different. I wasn’t familiar with the concept of hovergleaning – very cool! Montana is on my list of places to visit. Montana Girl (http://girlinmontana.blogspot.com) posts some amazing pictures of the place.