Backyard Nature Wednesday: Yellow-rumped Warblers

The first of our winter warblers has arrived in my yard. We have three species of warblers that winter here: Pine Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, and Yellow-rumped Warbler. Other birders in the area have reported all three in recent sightings, but so far the only one I've seen in my backyard is the Yellow-rumped.

They are very active little warblers.

They eat a wide variety of foods - from insects to seeds and berries. They do visit our feeders, as well.

Notice the faint stripes along the sides.

And here's a glimpse of how the bird got its name. 

And there it is - the Yellow-rump! A very well-named bird.


  1. Love that yellow rump! I think this may be the species who lately spend hours in my back yard. There must be seeds and bugs I can't even see on the ground because they peck away for hours. Maybe I need a bird book?!

    1. You definitely need a bird field guide! I recommend Sibley's guide for Western North American birds as a basic starter guide. Most likely you do have Yellow-rumps in your area now.

  2. Cute little birds! I was wondering where the yellow was. :-)

    1. It's not always visible but every now and then they flash that prominent yellow spot.


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