Snack Time

When I finished one of my recent kayak outings, I pulled the kayak from the water and hauled it over my shoulder, back to the parking lot. I loaded the kayak into the back of the truck and the rest of my gear was placed in the cab. Once I settled into the cab, I looked over and saw a group of Yellow-rumped Warblers (Dendroica coronata) flying about in the shrubs that lined the parking lot. Upon closer examination, I obserbed them picking seeds and berries from the shrubs and grasses, and gulping them down:

Yellow-rumped Warbler eating seeds

Yellow-rumped Warbler eating seeds

Then, one became two:

Yellow-rumped Warblers eating seeds

I had been seeing a lot of the Yellow-rumped Warblers from the kayak, watching them flitter about from tree to tree, hunting insects. But the cooler, fall temperatures have eliminated the insects from their diet and they are now working on the seeds/berries. Before long, they will likely be only a memory … until they return in spring (may get lucky over winter, as the northern boundary of their wintering range is very close to us)!

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