Autumn Yellow-rumped Warblers Are On the Move

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I’ve been spotting more and more Yellow-rumped Warblers over the past 10 to 14 days and I am excited because I have been expecting them to start showing up in my viewfinder. They are on the move now from their breeding grounds in the coniferous forests of in the mountains of Utah to lower elevations prior to their migration, some will even overwinter in extreme southern Utah.

Autumn Yellow-rumped Warbler close up, Antelope Island State Park, Davis County, UtahAutumn Yellow-rumped Warbler close up – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/2000, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

So far this autumn I haven’t gotten any quality images of these warblers but I am hoping that I will soon. The images I am sharing today were taken last September on Antelope Island State Park. I felt I had to share this photo because getting close ups of these small warblers rarely ever happens to me and I was delighted when this Yellow-rumped came in so close.

Yellow-rumped Warbler and Rabbitbrush, Antelope Island State Park, Davis County, UtahYellow-rumped Warbler and Rabbitbrush – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1600, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

The Yellow-rumped Warblers I will see now are in their nonbreeding plumage which is more subtle than when they move through in the spring but honestly I find their nonbreeding plumage just as visually appealing to my eye.

Life is good.


Yellow-rumped Warbler facts and information:

Setophaga coronata

  • Yellow-rumped Warblers are large warblers with large heads, long tails with yellow on the face, sides, and rump. Males are brighter and more striking than the slightly duller females.
  • Yellow-rumped Warblers are migratory, there are some populations that are permanent residents in a few areas of the country.
  • Yellow-rumped Warblers prefer breeding habitat that contains coniferous and mixed coniferous-deciduous woodlands,  in the West that can be in mountainous regions from high elevations to sea level on the Pacific coast and in New England on the Atlantic coast.
  • The diet of Yellow-rumped Warblers can vary from insects to berries depending on the season.
  • Yellow-rumped Warblers lay 3 to 5 eggs which hatch in 12 to 13 days. The females incubate and they are monogamous.
  • Groups of warblers can be called a “confusion”, “fall” and “bouquet” of warblers.
  • “Butter Butt” is a nickname used for Yellow-rumped Warblers.
  • Yellow-rumped Warblers can live at least 7 years.


  1. Pepe Forte September 23, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Exquisite detail set against a subtle background. Perfect. Thanks Mia.

  2. Bruce Grosjean September 21, 2018 at 2:46 pm


  3. Elephants Child September 21, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Beautiful things. Thank you.

  4. Patty Chadwick September 21, 2018 at 11:15 am

    I love your close-ups…this is a beauty…

  5. Catherine Keegan September 21, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Our FOS butterbutts have just arrived here on the Mendocino coast. Like swallows, they’re ubiquitous, until one day you realize they’re gone. The swallows left about ten days ago.

  6. Trudy Brooks September 21, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Fun information as always. Thanks for the photos. You have a good day yourself.

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