Sunday, April 18, 2010

Straight out of the Camera


This Yellow Warbler stopped by for a bath and drink at dusk last night on his migration to his breeding ground.  This bird is a common victim of the brown-headed cowbird, which tosses out the warbler's eggs and replaces them in the nest with its own.  But the yellow warbler simply builds more nest on top to cover the cowbird eggs.  As many as six stories of nest have been found covering cowbird eggs. The female will lay 4 or 5 bluish white eggs with brown markings and then incubates them for 11 to 12 days. The young will leave the nest in 9 to 12 days.

The yellow warbler will nest in hedges, roadside thickets, stream banks and garden shrubbery.  They dine exclusively on insects, including many destructive ones and their larvae.

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16 comments:

Bernie said...

Lovely little bird ... what a fantastic tale! They obviously work hard to ensure their young will survive.

Edith Hope said...

Dear Jennifer, What very extraordinary behaviour. The closest I can think of is the way a cuckoo will add its eggs into the nest of another bird but I have never heard of a bird rebuilding the nest on top of the usurper's eggs and starting all over again. How fascinating.

Crafty Gardener said...

great photo of a cute little bird

ilanadavita said...

This is just lovely.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Isn't it nice that he stopped by for a little drink in the birdbath. Valerie

gengen said...

Oh it is cute shot of the bird...happy SOOC Sunday.

Jan said...

Great photo and wonderful narration. This is a bird we don't see, here, if California. Thanks.

Mary Lou said...

Great info. I'm so glad you shared that as I have never heard of nest layering, other than on Photoshop!
Great out of the camera photo.

Sherrie said...

Hi!
Very nice shot! Love the reflection in the water. What a wonderful story of survival. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!

Sherrie
A View of My Life

julieQ said...

Wow, I had no idea...good for the Warbler! Perseverance under great adversity, right?

Wammy said...

What a cute little bird. I'm going to have to check to see if we have any here in Cincinnati and start looking for them if we do. Did you by any chance make the leaf bath he is in?

Judy said...

Very interesting information...Wonderful photo!

Johnny Nutcase said...

He sure is a cute warbler (all warblers are cute!) I think he might be a Pine Warbler and not a Yellow Warbler though. Yellows have reddish streaking on the breast not black and are yellow on the back and wings edges, while the Pines have greenish-yellow backs and grey wings with white edgings. Warblers get confusing sometimes! Your bird bath is really cool looking! I can't wait until we have a yard for feeders and baths :)

Icy BC said...

Beautiful capture! I don't get to see this kind of bird around my area.

Tina said...

what a pretty bird. cool info too. learnt something new ;)

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A Garden of Threads said...

Johnny Nutcase informs me it is not a Yellow but a Pine Warbler, it was very wet when I saw it, could be. Did have reddish brown streaks on its breast. Thanks for the tip.