Yellow-rumped Warblers Spring Migration

by Larry on April 25, 2010

Yellow-rumped Audubon’s Warbler photos by Larry Jordan

I watched as the first group of Yellow-rumped Warblers passed through my yard a few days ago.  A small flock of Audubon’s Warblers was spotted in one of the oak trees in front of the house.

This male, in full breeding plumage, was very cooperative, perching on the ends of the branches

as he searched for grubs to glean from the scrub oak.  There’s a nice juicy one!

The female Audubon’s Warbler was a bit more discrete.

She foraged a little quicker than the male and seemed to remain more hidden.  Her subtle coloring creating its own appeal.

I love the way passerine birds take of from their perches.  Usually, they just jump into flight

but sometimes they do some incredible dives that are tough to visualize in real time.  I was lucky to catch this guy as he made some twisting, back flip kinda thing that I thought was really cool.

I hope everyone is enjoying the Spring Migration.  To see more cool bird photos, check out Birdfreak’s Bird Photography Weekly!

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Eileen April 25, 2010 at 2:09 am

Larry, the Audubon Warblers are so colorful. Especially the beautiful male. Great photos, lucky you to have them in your yard.
.-= Eileen´s last blog ..Costa Rica Kingfishers =-.

Bob K April 25, 2010 at 3:03 am

They may be the commonest warbler in California, but you really don’t get tired watching them and their antics. Great shots, Larry!
.-= Bob K´s last blog ..Barb Wars =-.

Mick April 25, 2010 at 10:38 am

Great photos of those colorful little birds. I like your description of the in-flight antics of the birds and especially the two photos.
.-= Mick´s last blog ..Pigeons and Doves =-.

Müge April 25, 2010 at 12:55 pm

I haven’t seen this bird before! It’s very beautiful and you made a great serie of photos. I like very much the jump into flight of the passerine birds, me too.

Have a wonderful new week, ciao!
.-= Müge´s last blog ..Karabatak (Cormorant) =-.

Kelly April 25, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Wow!!! Fantastic captures. I’ve never been able to get a decent shot of one. They always seem to be just a bit too high up in the tree. I love these little birds, and you’ve really captured their bright color.
.-= Kelly´s last blog ..Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks basking in the Florida sun… =-.

Larry April 25, 2010 at 9:01 pm

@Eileen they are beautiful and I am one lucky guy ;-)

@Bob you hit the nail on the head. I never get tired of watching these guys

@Mick thanks!

@Müge thank you. I love watching them jump off their perches

@Kelly I just got lucky when I found them in my front yard. I feel that when I stand (or sit) in one place long enough, the birds usually show themselves. These cuties were covering every inch of that oak tree, looking for grubs.

NatureFooostep Fåglar/Birds April 25, 2010 at 10:10 pm

well, sometimes you ought to be lucky. That is the day when you feel so good about it. It is soooo worth it to get shots like this. Experiencing the birds. :)
Have a great week.
.-= NatureFooostep Fåglar/Birds´s last blog ..A pond in Nyköping =-.

Mumsy April 26, 2010 at 4:46 am

Wow..beautiful bird and wonderfully photographed! I love the colors on this bird, and thanks for the info..
.-= Mumsy´s last blog ..Beautiful Red-Winged Black Birds =-.

Anna April 26, 2010 at 10:40 am

There are so many beautiful birds on this world Larry, and I have seen only few out of 10,000. Thanks for sharing, excellent bird post. Anna :)
.-= Anna´s last blog ..Spring Makes Me Happy =-.

Scott April 26, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Ahhh, great to get back and find some colorful birds adorning your latest post. I’ve been going through online withdrawls…missing blogs, tweets, etc. and obviously I need to catch up. I missed most of April.

Thanks for putting the Warblers back in my life today!
.-= Scott´s last blog ..The Lords of the Desert =-.

Larry April 26, 2010 at 7:33 pm

@NF experiencing the birds is a wonderful pastime

@Mumsy, I’m glad you enjoyed my post

@Anna thank you very much. I have seen only a few of the many also and look forward to seeing many more

@Scott, welcome back! I am looking forward to your reports on our beloved Burrowing Owls

Amber Coakley April 27, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I love that last photo – it conjures up images of a caped crusader, dashing off to save the day. As I looked at these pictures, I was thinking that these don’t look like the Yellow-rumped Warblers I’ve seen…then I looked at All About Birds and saw that there is a very good reason. You have the Western variety (generally darker, esp. males), I see the Eastern variety.

Lucky you to capture that photo of the bird-with-grub. Cool!
.-= Amber Coakley´s last blog ..Black-Crowned Night-Herons at The Rookery =-.

NicoleB, Egpt April 27, 2010 at 10:57 pm

They look like they are having a great time in your yard.
Fat warms and ‘Bungee jumping’ without a rope ;)
.-= NicoleB, Egpt´s last blog ..Under water in the Red Sea =-.

Wren April 28, 2010 at 6:05 pm

I think these were the first warblers I saw and identified. Not surprising, given how common they are, but your first always sticks in your mind. :)
.-= Wren´s last blog ..another foy bird for the yard list =-.

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