Saturday, January 5, 2013

Warblers Not Quite Here Yet

The Yellow Rumped Warbler is very common in the Piedmont in winter and can be found for about half the year.  We've seen them around (the area) since October.  And they're easy to find in parks and edge places especially where Wax Myrtle are prevalent.  But in my back yard, not so much.  YRWs take their sweet time dropping by here and that's just a function of food choice: they see my stuff as a lot less desirable than alternatives available in the fall and early winter.  Or at least that's the way I see it. Even peanut butter must be second- or third-best to wax myrtle berries and whatever else the warblers key on.  But to be honest, I am not 100% thrilled with these characters when they do show up regularly.  They're often aggressive and can make life miserable for the perennials and the other winter visitors.  So let's say I maintain an academic interest in their presence in winter---and that's about it!  We'll see what point in January that begins.

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