This week’s photo, taken February 1, 2017 at Richmond Beach Park in Shoreline, WA, features a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER.
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS can be challenging birds to identify, since the amount of yellow can vary a great deal from bird to bird. Some show a visible yellow crown, and some have yellow throats. Most are adorned with yellow flanks, as is this individual.
They ALL have bright yellow rumps, hence the nickname “Butter Butt.” So, when you’re not sure about the identification, wait for it to take flight (you probably won’t have to wait long, since they are so hyper), and then look for the ‘pat of butter’ when it spreads its wings.
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