Hi everyone and welcome back to our bird of the week feature! This week we have the “yellow-rumped warbler”. This one used to be called the “Myrtle warbler”, and sometimes still is by people. It has a yellow rump patch, 2 yellow shoulder patches and a yellow spot on top of it’s head. They are about the size of a black-capped chickadee, about 5.5 inches (14cm) long. There are an estimated 130 million of these birds in N. America and can be seen over most of the continent. They breed in the northern forests mainly, from Alaska throughout most of northern Canada through to the east coast and northeastern US. They breed further south in the mountains of the west down to Arizona. They winter across much of the US and down to central America. They nest in coniferous trees anywhere from 4 to 50 feet off the ground. The female builds the nest but the male often brings material to her for building. Both look after the young which leave the nest after 14 days. They are usually our first warbler to return in spring and last to leave in fall. They eat a large variety of insects, many are very harmful like the spruce budworm (which often devastates forests). They can live up to 7 years.
Have a great day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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