Mystery Bird in My Backyard

I had a new visitor to my feeders this week. Only one, not a flock or a pair.

I was curious, so I quickly snapped a few photos and looked him up in my trusty bird book. I have to admit, I laughed out loud!

This cute little masked bird is called a . . .

Yellow-rumped Warbler!

He gets his name from a patch of yellow on his rump (get it? I’m sure you do!). It only shows up when he spreads his wings. I’ve tried to take a picture of his “rump” to show you, but so far, no luck. He’s a quick little bugger!

The Warbler has only come to eat the suet, I haven’t seen him on my platform feeder, nor has he gone toward the oranges I have out for the Orioles.

He seems quite happy with his lunch!

You know me! I did a little bit of research . . .

Yellow-rumped Warblers like to eat insects in the summer. They’ll go after beetles, ants, grasshoppers, gnats and even spiders, to name a few. They’ll snatch them from midair!

They’ll eat wild seeds, and sometimes go to feeders for sunflower seeds, raisins and peanut butter.

That little black mask, makes him look quite mysterious!

If you’d like to know more about them, click on this link to the Audubon website! They have tons of information about this, and other birds.

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