Wasatch Mountain Range Yellow Warbler

/, Little Emigration Canyon, Morgan County, Utah, Yellow Warblers/Wasatch Mountain Range Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler in the Wasatch MountainsYellow Warbler in the Wasatch Mountains – Nikon D500, f9, 1/640, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Last week while I was photographing a handsome Green-tailed Towhee in the Wasatch Mountains a bright Yellow Warbler caught my eyes when it landed on a flowering shrub.  I had been hearing the Yellow Warblers while moving through the canyon especially near the running water of the East Canyon Creek. They have such a lovely song that it always delights me to hear them.

Yellow Warblers can be found in most of North American during their breeding season and although they can be easy to see because they are such a bright yellow bird they can be challenging to photograph because they move so quickly as they glean insects from trees and shrubs.

This Yellow Warbler popped up into view for a few seconds after looking for insects lower in the shrub and looked around for a bit. I do wish the out of focus shrub hadn’t obscured the view of the branch the warbler was perched on but there wasn’t much I could do about that.

Yellow Warbler about to take flightYellow Warbler about to take flight – Nikon D500, f9, 1/640, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I was only able to take a few frames while this Yellow Warbler was out in the open before it flew off  and I was delighted to get this pose right before it did. I think I need to go and park in a riparian zone up in the Wasatch Mountains for a couple of hours to see if I can get more images of these sunny yellow birds.

Life is good.


An interesting tidbit about Yellow Warblers: Brown-headed Cowbirds parasitize Yellow Warbler nests and the warblers respond by building other nests directly on top of the parasitized nest which can result in tiers of nests being stacked as many as six times.


  1. Elephants Child June 5, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Feathered sunshine.
    Love the song – and I am intrigued by the nest stacking.

  2. Utahbooklover June 5, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    What a cutie, and a pleasant song too; love that first image! Good work Mia and thanks for posting.

  3. Laura Culley June 5, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Sigh…so very beautiful! Thank you!

  4. Pepe Forte June 5, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Great pics with very interesting commentary. I knew a little bit about the ‘squatter’ habits of the cowbird but I didn’t know that warblers could counter punch. Very cool. Thanks Mia.

  5. April Olson June 5, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Very lovely, I have been cursed by out of focus sticks and blades of grass in my photos lately. I think I have a great shot and when I am home viewing my photos on the computer, there it is that damn stick!

    • Liz Cormack June 5, 2017 at 9:39 am

      Me too! Or the stick that goes across the birds head that I’m sure wasn’t there when I took the photo!

  6. Patty Chadwick June 5, 2017 at 8:31 am

    A curious little yellow, red-striped warbler checked me out one cold, dreary day in the mountains, lifting my sagging spirits with its fearless “friendliness”. It hung around for quite a while before finally flitting off, but, like a small, warm ray of sunshine, it renewed my energy and attitude. You were lucky to get such good shots of this one!

  7. Bob mcphersons June 5, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Beautiful photos, MiA.

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