Wilson’s Warblers aren’t birds that I see all that often so I get excited when I have one in my viewfinder, especially when they are out in the open.
Male Wilson’s Warbler in northern Utah – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/800, ISO 640, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
Last month I spotted a male Wilson’s Warbler perched on the top of a Fragrant Sumac bush in northern Utah and he stood out well because he was out in the open for a few seconds. I’d watched him foraging in the nearby bushes before he popped up onto the sumac. It was unfortunate that a cloud had moved in front of the sun during the period I had the warbler in my viewfinder, I can only imagine how brightly his yellow feathers would have glowed in better morning light. I enjoyed seeing and photographing him despite the low light.
Male Wilson’s Warbler perched on Fragrant Sumac – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/800, ISO 640, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
I was delighted when the warbler turned his head and look directly at me before he flew off. I do wish I had been a bit closer to him than I was and that he was larger in these frames but I still couldn’t resist photographing him and why would I?
Life is good.
Wilson’s Warbler facts and information:
- Wilson’s Warbler are one of the smallest warblers in North America, they have bright yellow underparts and yellowish olive upperparts, they have black eyes, thin beaks, long tails and males have a dark black cap.
- Wilson’s Warblers are migratory. Their preferred breeding habitats include riparian areas with alders and willows, bogs, moist thickets in woodlands, mountain meadows, and aspen stands.
- Wilson’s Warblers primarily eat insects but will also consume berries.
- Wilson’s Warblers lay 4 to 7 eggs which hatch in 10 to 13 days. The females incubate and they are monogamous.
- Groups of warblers can be called a “confusion”, “fall” and “bouquet” of warblers.
- Wilson’s Warblers can live to be more than 8 years of age.