Friday, February 5, 2016

Warblers of Southern Arizona: Yellow Warbler

Continuing my series on Warblers of Southern Arizona, in alphabetical order, next up:

Yellow Warbler

Distinctive Identification Marks: plain yellow face with dull yellow eyering; black eye; stout dark bill; variable red streaking on breast; yellow edges on wings; low contrast between underparts and back in southwest;

Frequency: Common

Season: March through September

Range: Throughout the United States and Canada

Mid Tree
Lower Tree and Brush
Wide range from dry scrub to marshes, to forests; from lowlands to 9,000 feet

Nests in shrubs or small trees, usually 10 feet off the ground; 

Feeding Behavior:
Gleaning: perched bird takes prey from branch
Diet includes midges, caterpillars, beetles, bugs, and wasps

General Behavior:
Walking (hopping) along small branches
Very active; constant movement
Usually in the tops of shrubs and small trees

Where to Find: San Pedro River, Santa Cruz River, Empire Gulch, Mount Lemmon, Madera Canyon, Pena Blanca Lake

Chance of Finding: 25% in season and preferred habitat

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