November 18, 2013

Missing lunch

Missing lunch by ricmcarthur
Missing lunch, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
This yellow warbler isn't paying much attention to the free lunch right under his feet.
We had a major midge (insect thingy) hatch and there was food all over the yard.
You can tell it is a male by the bold red stripes on his breast.

Scientific stuff
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.
Life can be dangerous for a small bird. Yellow Warblers have occasionally been found caught in the strands of an orb weaver spider’s web.

No comments: