Common Yellowthroat Warbler

Common-Yellowthroat

The Common Yellowthroat Warbler is found in marshes and wetlands, right where I found this one. They look for insects low in the vegetation, on or near the ground. This guy has a beak full too. He must be an accomplished hunter with that haul.

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He took a look at me, but I think he thought he was well protected and I would not wade through the marsh. He was right on that one. It is not like a gator or poisonous snake would get me, more like what would get him or his offspring, a chipmunk, raccoon, or possum. But me and critter-filled water are not friends. I don’t like what I can’t see.

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Does he not look like a scraper? That black mask is important in his battles with other males.  It signals, “Ready to Rumble”.  One weird thing about them. His misses might cuckold him behind his back while he is out collecting grub. That little floozy.

“Each male normally has only one mate in his territory during a breeding season. However, a female’s mating calls often attract other males, and she may mate with them behind her mate’s back.”  All About Birds

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10 Responses to Common Yellowthroat Warbler

  1. aussiebirder says:

    What a wild lot these birds are, sounds a bit like our Eclectus Parrot, they get up to all sorts of immoral behaviour, yet all the other parrots partner for life.

  2. alesiablogs says:

    A bird that is immoral? Wow..That is a new one on me…..Poor thing–getting a bad rap….But the color is beautiful….

  3. David says:

    Very nice captures. I especially like the first. Even though his back is to the camera his head is turned enough and it all makes for a very nice composition.

  4. Interesting story and great shots. Also like the first one best.

  5. I wonder how a bird does that, collecting so much insects at once and not drop them while catching a next one.

  6. That certainly IS quite a haul! Funny to learn that in this case it’s the female bird who’s fooling around in the side, not the male. 😀

  7. Pat says:

    Wonderful captures.

  8. A floozy indeed….but he brings home the insects!

  9. Annie says:

    I love this bird that I saw so often while living in Tidewater Virginia. I’ve seen just a few in New Hampshire. Your photography is so inspiring!

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