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 – 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 – 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:
- 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.