|Yellow-rumped Warbler on my lilac tree. (The blurred part |
over its tail feathers is an out-of-focus branch between us.) © SB
Here in Regina, Saskatchewan, sightings of migrating warblers happen more frequently around the lake than up in the dry northern highlands where I live. (Everything is relative — this is a very small city.)
But as rain clouds hovered over the city this afternoon, a new flush of spring birds arrived, and among them was a Yellow-rumped Warbler.
I suspect this Yellow-rumped Warbler was attracted by our large backyard bird bath, aka fish pond, because when I first saw it, the warbler was preening in a nearby lilac tree, flashing out its feathers to dry.
These warblers are fairly common in Regina in the spring, when they migrate through to their summer breeding grounds, not far to the north or west of here. I've seen them around the lake, but never before in my yard. Winds, rain, and changing weather often bring birding surprises.
|Yellow-rumped Warbler, preening after|
a backyard (fishpond) bath. © SB
|Yellow-rumped Warbler, still fanning its feathers to dry. |
Beautiful bandit bird! © SB
What is this? A Yellow-rumped Warbler. (Paruline à croupion jaune)
Location: Backyard, Regina, Saskatchewan.
Photo dates: April 23, 2016.