A Surprise Visitor

Buddha with Yellow-throated Warbler

Buddha with Yellow-throated Warbler

For the past several days we’ve had a new visitor hanging out at our bird feeders, one we’ve never seen before. It’s a Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica). You might just barely see it as a tiny yellow dot between two white dots on the lower far right in the picture above. The rest of its body just blends into the background. Sorry — my camera isn’t good with distances.

Seeing this bird among the sunflower seeds is rather a surprise. Yellow-throated warblers are in this area during the summer breeding season, but like most warblers they’re insect eaters and don’t come to seed feeders. But I guess our little friend arrived somewhat early, and the insect supply isn’t yet up to standard this year. Anyway, it’s a very pretty little bird and we’re glad it’s come to visit us.

See a good description, with decent pictures, from Audubon.org: www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/yellow-throated-warbler