I spotted this little bird on the deck today and at first glance, thought it was a goldfinch. But it was plumper and smaller, with a thin pointed bill. I was lucky enough to grab and few photos and identified the bird as a female Yellow Warbler.
Yellow Warblers generally breed in the northern half of the U.S. and winter in Central and northernmost South America. Georgia is right in the migratory path of the Yellow Warbler so she must have decided to stop for a snack in the backyard.
The Yellow Warbler nests in wet, deciduous thickets and willows. Eggs are incubated in a cup shaped nest place in the fork of a tree or shrub. The Yellow Warbler feeds mostly on insects, catching them on the wing or gleaning them off shrubs and trees.
This time of year is exciting because with large numbers of birds migrating, I never know what kind of birds I’ll see. I feel pretty lucky today that I was near a window when this one dropped in. I wouldn’t want to miss a chance to enjoy the brief stopover of the Yellow Warbler.