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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