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.
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.