[Tweeters] Pugnacious Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Christine Southwick clsouth at u.washington.edu
Wed Jan 11 09:57:28 PST 2017


Are Yellow-rumped Warblers usually year round here?

I have at least one bathing and using my suet this year too. I have several suet feeders, so I haven't seen the defending of resources you two have described. A neighbor a block away also has a Mrytle at her feeders. I haven't seen yellow-rumped at the feeders during winter before, but maybe they really need the suet since all their little bugs have been killed by the freezing weather, so these birds are currently more visible.

I normally have one-two year round Townsend's Warblers, but I haven't caught sight of them this year (working full-time makes daylight viewing minimal).

Just curious.

Christine Southwick
N Seattle/Shoreline
clsouthwick at q.com

On Wed, 11 Jan 2017, Philip Dickinson wrote:


> Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:46:21 -0800

> From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins at gmail.com>

> To: Deborah West <olyclarinet at gmail.com>

> Cc: tweeters at u.washington.edu

> Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Pugnacious Yellow-Rumped Warbler

>

> Yes, I have one of those, too. A Myrtle. Persistent aggressive behavior for the past 6 weeks at least, although the Bushtits are able to overwhelm it with superior forces.

>

> Phil Dickinson

> Lake Stevens

>

> Sent from my iPhone

>

>> On Jan 11, 2017, at 9:03 AM, Deborah West <olyclarinet at gmail.com> wrote:

>>

>> We have had a Yellow-Rumped warbler at our suet feeder now for about two weeks. About 5 days ago he started vigorously defending the suet feeder from other birds, particularly the Juncos and chickadees. We have had Yellow-Rumped warblers during the winter for several winters but this is the first time I have seen this behavior. Have others observed this behavior? Prior to this winter we were in another house with a very bird-friendly yard. I am wondering if part of the reason for this behavior is the relatively scarcity of food sources in this neighborhood.

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