Today I Saw A Yellow Warbler in My Yard

Yellow Warbler

When I was working outside today, I saw a bird that rarely visits my yard.  It was a Yellow Warbler.  To be completely fair, the color was a very dark, almost grayish or greenish yellow, and I am not completely sure that it was a yellow warbler.  Yet, that is my best guess.

The bird that I saw today was very small, and it appears that the Yellow Warbler is a small bird.and it have very little–perhaps no streaks.  According to the following info, I may have seen a female and/or a juvenile bird:

General Description

“Yellow Warblers are bright yellow birds. Their upperparts have a slight greenish tinge, and their tails are greenish yellow. Their heads and faces are plain, without lines or streaks. Males have reddish streaks down their breasts and bellies. Females are also yellow, but not as bright as males, and they lack red streaks. Females and immatures show a fine, yellowish eye-ring. First-year birds are drab yellow-gray, with yellow undertail coverts.”

Yellow warbler Dendroica petechia

Identification Tips:

  • Length: 4 inches
  • Small, active, insect-eating bird
  • Thin, pointed bill
  • Mostly yellow plumage
  • Upperparts greenish-yellow
  • Greenish-yellow wings and tail with yellow feather edges
  • Plain yellow face with yellow eye ring surrounding dark eye
  • Yellowish legs

Adult male:

  • Plumage golden yellow
  • Rusty streaks on breast and flanks

Female and immature:

  • Plain yellow plumage
  • Streaks on breast absent or barely noticeable
  • Some birds have pale gray wash to plumage (southwestern United States)

Similar species:

The male Yellow Warbler is easily recognized by its golden yellow plumage and rusty streaks on the breast. Females and immatures are similar to other mostly yellow warblers. Prothonotary Warblers have blue-gray, not yellowish wings and white undertail coverts. Wilson’s and Hooded Warblers have a yellow supercilium and a more capped appearance. Blue-winged and Orange-crowned Warblers have dark eyelines.

Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.


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