Our first Yellow-rumped Warblers, came through yesterday, we saw 5. The males looked so beautiful in their bright spring plumage. We were first alerted to their presence by their song, a rather weak musical trill. Get to know that, because you're going to see a lot of Yellow-rumped Warblers this spring, they're such a common migrant. Look for that yellow patch on their sides, on both male and female, as you don't always see their yellow rump. To learn warbler songs, get our popular Stokes Field Guide To Bird Songs CDs (comes in eastern and western editions.) Play then in your car, or on your ipod, and listen to the warbler songs. We often do this as a way of tuning up our ears each spring.
We also saw 2 Pine Warbler males, singing, of all things, in pine trees! If you hear a musical trill on one pitch coming from the top of a pine, look up, it could be a Pine Warbler. These beautiful birds breed on our property, as we have many pine trees. If you want to learn warblers, see our Stokes Field Guide To Warblers book, in which we cover identifying all North American Warblers with beautiful full color photos. We invented a special color tab system making it possible to ID any warbler easily, really! Click here for the link to amazon. By the way, if you go to the amazon.com link, you can see inside pages of the book!