Another Spring has Sprung - and here is the first warbler of the year for me. A gorgeous, bright and shiny new common yellowthroat.
These are shy little birds, rarely seen, hiding out in thick vegetation, usually close to water. However, its "wich-i-ty, wich-i-ty, wich-i-ty"call is often heard warbling throughout the wetlands. Apparently the males, while looking rather naughty with their faces hidden behind their little black masks, are actually quite well behaved, committing themselves to just one female per breeding season. The unassuming females, on the other hand, show no such fidelity and like to play the field, often sharing her nest with more than one male.
|Male common yellowthroat - I would like to point out that this bird really was this bright. To be honest, he was even brighter, and I actually tried to reduce the yellow saturation of his chest so that it didn't glow quite as much!|