Backyard birds today

I’ve been busy with a new puppy and haven’t had time to get out “in the field,” but this morning some birds – like this adorable Blue-headed Vireo – came to my backyard.

The song of the Northern Parula was what got me to poke my head out and check the trees. Hard to ignore.

A small warbler of the upper canopy, the Northern Parula flutters at the edges of branches plucking insects. This bluish gray warbler with yellow highlights breeds in forests laden with Spanish moss or beard lichens, from Florida to the boreal forest, and it’s sure to give you “warbler neck.” It hops through branches bursting with a rising buzzy trill that pinches off at the end. Its white eye crescents, chestnut breast band, and yellow-green patch on the back set it apart from other warblers.https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Parula/overview

I believe this one was an immature male. (ID info HERE.)

This laurel oak in our side yard is flowering, which attracts insects, which attracts insect eaters.

This Northern Parula is an adult male.

Also had a visit from a Yellow-rumped Warbler.

These warblers are with us in winter – bird time in Florida!

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