Saturday, March 6, 2010

Little Bird, Little Bird

We've lately noticed a new visitor to the feeder here in My Florida Backyard. We generally fill our feeder with safflower seed to discourage squirrels, and this can sometimes limit the variety of birds that visit. We mainly see cardinals, tufted titmice, and woodpeckers, but this winter we've had warblers stopping by, and today we finally managed to get some pictures.

After a lot of page-flipping in the Sibley Guide, we identified our latest visitor
as a very adorable yellow-rumped warbler.
This species is a winter visitor in the southeast U.S. It flies far north to breed in the summer.
The yellow-rumped warbler loves to eat insects, but often feeds on berries
from shrubs in the winter, and is sometimes known to visit feeders.

With spring coming soon (at least according to the calendar), it's likely this little guy will be leaving soon to head north for summer. In the meantime, we'll enjoy the flash of cheery yellow and the sweet trill of music from the trees nearby!

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