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#162941 Dec 21st, 2007 at 04:08 PM
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Yesterday, I had my first Winter bird return to my yard, a Ruby-Crowned Kinglet. Today, I had my SECOND Winter bird come to my yard, a Yellow-Rumped Warbler, laughingly called a "Butter-Butt" by most birders. This bird was a YARDBIRD for me! A Yardbird is the first time you get a particular species of bird in your yard. This was the first Yardbird I have gotten here in a couple of years. This was also the first time that I've seen ANY of the 30 or so species of Warbler, in our area, in MY yard. I got pictures today, a few of which are fairly good.

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Thornius #163127 Dec 22nd, 2007 at 07:46 AM
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Last night I put out a new cake of suet. This morning at daybreak, there he was again! He was hopping around through the willow tree going, "Chip! Chip! Chip!" at me the whole time. Checking the suet feeder hanging from the willow I noticed some Warbler-sized portions were already missing. He had already had breakfast and now was doing whatever it is that Yellow-Rumped Warblers do after breakfast. He is going to give the Kinglet a run for her money when it comes to cuteness!


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Thornius #163137 Dec 22nd, 2007 at 08:37 AM
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Nice pix. thumbupI may have to look for them myself. Your not to far away.
I had 50 cardinals in the back yard yesterday. All males! yikesA sea of red.


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dhuber #163168 Dec 22nd, 2007 at 09:50 AM
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Dhuber, you should have them now, especially if you live in Southern Indiana. Look for them in brushy areas near water, especially creek bottoms or lake sides. Right now, they will make an excited Chip! call at about the rate of one a second.

The pictures I got yesterday of mine, show it in its dull, drab, Winter plumage. In spring and Summer, They are a colorful blue, black, white, and yellow. They have yellow spots on top of the head, below the shoulders under the wings, and on top of the rump, where the tail meets the body. You can just BARELY see the pale yellow (this time of year)patches below the wing on MY pictures.

Here is a picture I took off the web of a Yellow-Rumped Warbler, in spring/Breeding Plumage


YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (spring Plumage)

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Kingdoms RAGE and go to war...but the PEasants plant potatoes..

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Thornius #163674 Dec 24th, 2007 at 03:14 PM
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Congrats on your visitors! Hope they return often & tell all their friends to come too!

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Jeana #163683 Dec 24th, 2007 at 03:51 PM
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He was back this evening. the last bird in the willow, chipping goodnight to me as I came in from the store. I also had visits from the Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, and my FIRST visit THIS Winter from another wintertime friend, my Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker.


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Kingdoms RAGE and go to war...but the PEasants plant potatoes..

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Thornius #163694 Dec 24th, 2007 at 06:09 PM
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Thanks Thorn for sharing the cute warbler.

Boy you know your stuff.

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