Male Wilson’s Warbler On Fragrant Sumac

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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, Box Elder County, UtahMale 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, Box Elder County, UtahMale 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:

Cardellina pusilla

  • 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.


  1. Marty K October 6, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Delightful!!! 🙂

  2. Denise Brownlie October 6, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    A “confusion” of warblers? Oh yes. Back then, each birder turned to the warbler section of whichever Bird Guide was tucked into a Tilley pocket. No lifer tick possible without rock-solid I.D.
    But a “bouquet “ of warblers — with very old eyes now, so much better a collective to describe the flowerlike colours of our N.A. warblers.
    Life IS good, MIA, whether we identify or simply enjoy. No pressure!

  3. April Olson October 6, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    I will have to watch for them.

  4. Elephants Child October 6, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    He really chose his background well. It is a perfect complement to that colouring.

  5. Trudy Brooks October 6, 2018 at 8:34 am

    They are a beautiful little birds. Did not know there are so many types of these yellow birds. They are so sweet.

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