Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Watching For Warblers

Fall is certainly well underway here in the Piedmont.  And there are waves of migrants streaming south, many of which are woodland warblers.  I am watching now for one particular warbler which graces us during the winter.  And that is Dendroica coronata, the Yellow Rumped Warbler.  I first see them working the Wax Myrtles----hence their old timey name "Myrtle Warbler"---long before they attack the feeders.   The waxy berries must be irresistable.  I have planted some wax myrtles here but it will take a few years before they yield fruit in quantities that could interest this species.  At least the path is in place.  And my eyes are, too.  Should be soon...

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