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.
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.
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