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Friday, January 17, 2014

The Orange-crowned Warbler

Orange-crowned Warblers are never as plentiful in my yard as the other two winter warblers, the Yellow-rumped and the ever-present Pine. Some years, like last winter, they never show up at all, but this year has been different. They still don't show up in pairs or small groups like the Pine Warbler or in somewhat larger flocks like the Yellow-rumped, but there is at least one that now shows up regularly at my feeders.

Here is my little Orange-crowned visitor on the left, sharing the feeder with a Pine Warbler on the right.

All three of the species of warblers love the suet cakes.

The Orange-crowned is a plain bird and yet it is a very neat and pretty little critter.

The bird decided to try the nearby seed cake.

"Hmmm... it just isn't the same."

Back to the suet cake!

"That's more like it!"

"This is MY suet cake!"

The Orange-crowned is a very active little bird, always flitting about, and is great fun to watch. He will always be a welcome visitor in my yard.

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