There are a number of reasons why I decided to take on this project. My first reason has to do with my interest in birds. This began shortly after moving to Victoria ten and a half years ago. With our house backing onto a wooded area, the chirping of birds is a familiar sound all year long. I often glance out the window to see birds of all forms in the yard throughout the day. Frequently I will pull out the Birds of Victoria or Birds of North America reference guides we have on hand. Unfortunately, the drawings in the first aren’t overly helpful for identification and the number of entries in the second is overwhelming. My second reason has to do with a photography course I took a number of years ago. Since that time I have been trying to think of a practical reason to buy a new camera. Taking pictures of birds requires a powerful zoom lens which my previous point-and-shoot camera could not accommodate. Perfect! My final reason was my desire to take on a new project to welcome in 2011. Hence, bird of the day was born.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Dendroica coronata

Audubon's Warbler - spring male
Small, active bird
Thin, pointed bill (sturdier than most warblers)
Broken eye ring
Yellow rump patch
Small yellow patch at side of chest
White spots in tail
Myrtle:  White throat (may be dull buff in some young birds)
Audubon's:  Yellow throat
    Dark gray head and back
    Small, yellow, crown patch
    Black patches on upper breast extend as streaks onto flanks
    White underparts
    White wing patch
    Brownish-gray head
    Brownish-gray back with black streaks
    Indistinct to absent yellow patch on side of breast
    Blurry dark streaking on breast and flanks
    White wing bars

Listen to its song.

My avian quest took me to Blenkinsop Lake today just as a storm rolled in. Fortunately, I was able to get a couple of photos of this bird before the rain really hit. Although the pictures are pretty blurry due to the poor lighting, the brilliant yellow throat and sides are striking. I didn't notice a yellow rump, but it was probably obscured by the wings in its perched position.

Learn more about the Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Additional photos:
Myrtle Warbler
Audubon Warbler - winter


  1. Just got 3 of these in our yard feeding on suet. Never seen before. Beautiful bird. Portland OR

  2. Delta BC I have sen these tiny birds in my front garden. I have been here 15 yrs and have never seen this bird before