November 16, 2013

Mirror image?

Mirror image? by ricmcarthur
Mirror image?, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
Is he looking in the mirror while taking his bath?
Perhaps there are two of them?

We had numerous yellow warblers come into our little water feature in the yard for their afternoon baths.

At one point we had 5 warblers in the pond.
Other visitors included chipping sparrows, cedar waxwings, goldfinches and a cat bird.

Yellow Warbler
Setophaga petechia

The nests of the Yellow Warbler are frequently parasitized by the Brown-headed Cowbird. The warbler often builds a new nest directly on top of the parasitized one, sometimes resulting in nests with up to six tiers.

The oldest-known Yellow Warbler was banded in New York in 2001 and then caught again (and re-released) in 2011, also in New York. It was at least 11 years old at the time.

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