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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Photo Share: Yellow warbler with black stripes

This male Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor), has yellow underparts, distinctive black side streaks, yellow eyebrow stripe and yellow patch below the eye. Photo by Katherine Powell

Photo by Katherine Powell
Happened to have my Pentax on me, when this little beauty alights before me. I live in Alabama. My pond and bird feeders are attracting all sorts of birds, and I try to photograph each new bird I see.

Wow! Thank you for sharing your beautiful warbler.  In Michigan, the Prairie Warbler is extremely rare in the Upper Peninsula and rare in the Lower Peninsula so it is quite a treat! This yellow-breasted, black-striped jewel with the rising, buzzy song doesn't breed in the grassy prairies, like the name suggests. They breed in shrubby old fields and early regenerating forests. Prairie Warblers migrate up from Florida, Caribbean islands, and the Caribbean coast of Central America beginning in April and back south as early as the end of July. The sounds of birds at your pond and feeders must have called him down to enjoy a safe stopover spot.

Thank you very much for sharing with us! If anyone else would like to share a photograph of nature send it to bloubird@gmail.com with a description and permission to post it on the Friday Photo.

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