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Warbling in the Wetlands

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. —Lou Holtz

…Which is why I’m constantly running to Nature, and to these wonderful creatures. That reminder to JUST BE (or in my words, Simmer Down). And our winters provide a more varied opportunity for observing different happenstances of this simple state of being — the migrating birds make their residences in the area, even if it is temporary.

Palm Warbler, Florida Wetlands

A Wee Warbler in the Wetlands

A few Palm Warblers flit amid the trees; here, among a strand of young cypress. These tiny bright gems of songbirds — adorable little shocks of yellow in our swamp and wetlands — are easily missed if you’re in a rush, or aren’t fully aware.

Palm Warbler, Florida Wetlands

Sing it!

Palm Warblers are common winter residents in our marshy natural areas, migrating in the late fall to the southeastern U.S. and the Caribbean. The species is comprised of two distinct sub-species, the Yellow Palm Warbler and the Western Palm Warbler. Those breeding in the eastern range are yellow underneath, while those inhabiting the western part of the range are duller in color, with whitish bellies. Palm Warblers primarily breed in wetland habitats — east of the Continental Divide, across Canada and the northeastern United States. A distinctive feature of Palm Warblers is tail wagging, or “pumping.” More than other warblers, this bird forages on the ground for insects and berries.

Palm Warbler, Florida Everglades

Warbling in the Everglades

Click here to listen to the delicate song of these sweet little songbirds!

Palm Warbler, Florida Everglades

Holler.

47 Comments Post a comment
  1. I love the quote. Very inspiring. I will find my song today.

    March 15, 2013
    • Isn’t that just wonderful? Such a great reminder to us all….

      March 15, 2013
  2. I don’t think that I have ever seen this species of warbler, but, if they’re anything like every other warbler, they’re darned hard to photograph. Excellent photos!

    March 15, 2013
    • Ohhhhh you’re so dead-on RIGHT! These guys dart around our cypress like crazed diminutive pilots. I was *thrilled* to get a few guys at rest — granted, their rest is very quick… 🙂

      Thanks so much!!

      March 15, 2013
  3. jimbey #

    …. I’m one of those generally in too much of a rush. In my defense, though, these critters are too fast for my ancient reflexes, and so small I need my reading glasses to see ’em. I love hearing them, though!

    March 15, 2013
    • They have the loveliest song!

      It’s hysterical trying to get shots of these guys — I’m whipping around like a lunatic, hauling that heavy 7D in ways I probably shouldn’t be… For a warbler.

      March 15, 2013
      • jimbey #

        …. [ROAR] … You should see me try to get a shot of a Jesus Christ Lizard! (for those readers that think I’m being blasphemous … there really is such a critter, famous for the ability to literally run across water when escaping clumsy hiker/photoglodytes like moi.)

        March 15, 2013
      • Do you see how I catch those lizards? AT REST!

        https://serenityspell.com/2012/06/15/a-saintly-lizard/

        March 15, 2013
  4. Beautiful Captures – Happy Friday:)

    March 15, 2013
    • Thanks so much!

      Happy Friday to you, as well…. 🙂

      March 15, 2013
  5. Nice images, especially like the first one.

    March 15, 2013
    • Thank you!! I was very happy….and lucky…to catch ’em while they rested for a brief moment! 🙂

      March 15, 2013
  6. I have never seen a palm warbler before . A very beautiful bird and your photos of them are just great ! // Maria

    March 15, 2013
    • Thanks so very much! I’m so lucky this year… I even have one in my yard, since I’ve been planting lots of native flora!! 🙂

      March 17, 2013
  7. Pat #

    Beautiful pictures — I love birds. Spring is not here yet in the Rocky Mountains but you can see signs everywhere — it’s not far off with more birds showing up. The pictures are a sweet reminder of their song and presence.

    March 15, 2013
    • Thanks so much! It’s so wonderful to listen to them… These guys have such a sweet song.

      I can imagine in your area, that’s it’s especially wonderful to hear the birds return (well, more of them at least)!

      March 17, 2013
      • Pat #

        Yes they do have a sweet song and the doves have returned and we’re hearing them too. I just love the coming of Spring.

        March 17, 2013
  8. Adorable warblers. Great shots.

    March 15, 2013
    • Thank you! They’re such sweet little things… So very quick though! Darting here and there — I was thrilled to nab ’em!

      March 17, 2013
  9. What sweet little birds!

    March 15, 2013
    • They really are! And their songs are just as sweet….

      March 17, 2013
  10. Such a sweetie, and yout photos are beautiful.

    March 16, 2013
    • They really are little sweeties!! And their songs match their appearance.

      Thanks so very much. 🙂

      March 17, 2013
  11. Your photographs are awesome! 😉

    March 16, 2013
    • Aw, thanks so very much! I was thrilled to snap them… They’re SO quick, these little guys!

      March 17, 2013
  12. Steve Sutton #

    You actually have two different species of Warblers in your pictures…the first two are Palm Warblers and the last two are YellowRumped Warblers, (often called ButterButts). The Palms are coming into their breeding plummage….they’ll be gone soon….enjoy therm while you can….

    Steve

    March 16, 2013
    • AH, thanks so much for the clarification! I know some of the expert birders help me while I’m out there, and I’ve seen a few different warblers… Incredibly confusing.

      I know they’ll be leaving soon, though — so sad. I love to listen to them. I have a pair living in my tiny yard, since I’ve planted lots of native flora (berries and the like).

      THANKS again!!!

      March 17, 2013
    • p.s.

      ButterButts, lol.

      March 17, 2013
  13. Another little beauty living your neighbourhood!!!! Thank you for the introduction!!!

    March 16, 2013
    • I’m so happy to introduce them! And I’m thrilled to say that I actually have one or two living in my little yard as well, this year, since I’ve planted so many natives…. 🙂 They’re such sweet little things!

      March 17, 2013
  14. Beautiful captures! Yes, the time to open windows widely and to listen to birds chirping is coming! 🙂

    March 16, 2013
    • ABSOLUTELY! It’s so wonderful to listen to their wonderful, sweet songs… 🙂

      March 17, 2013
  15. Cute bird FeyGirl. Tough catching little guys like that.

    March 16, 2013
    • They really are adorable little guys! And you’re absolutely right — they’re amazingly FAST, crazed flyers!

      March 17, 2013
  16. What marvellous portraits of these pretty birds!

    March 18, 2013
    • Thanks so much… I can’t get enough of these little guys! It’s sad they’ll be leaving me soon.

      March 18, 2013
  17. Caribbean Biodiversity #

    I love the quote by Lou Holtz. Great shots too.

    March 19, 2013
    • Thanks so very much! I love these guys…. I’ll be sad to see them go! I just spent another half-hour with them. 🙂

      March 20, 2013
  18. Remarkably delicate lighting. Nature is lucky to have you for an advocate, FeyGirl.

    March 20, 2013
    • Thanks so very much…. What wonderfully kind words! You made my week. 🙂

      March 20, 2013
  19. What pretty little birds. As much as I enjoy the water birds, songbirds are even higher on my list. There’s just something about hearing their song that makes me happy – part of the reason I try not to get irritated with the mockingbird who’s decided 4 a.m. is the time for full-throated song capable of waking up humans!

    And I followed the link to the Jesus lizard – how great. The story of them walking across the water reminded me of coots taking off. Such fun to watch!

    March 20, 2013
    • Haahhh!! I have some mockingbirds in my yard, as well — and they DO like the early morning hours, don’t they? And dive-bombing my poor stray cats! Poor girls. 🙂

      I do love our songbirds, even though many will be leaving soon. They’re the sweetest things….

      Isn’t that lizard just fascinating? Too bad he doesn’t really belong down here…! (Another import.)

      March 21, 2013
  20. My son and I love to come here together Feygirl. What a thrill to see what you bring to us everytime. Your work speaks volumes about the love you have for these creatures. It is so apparent from these lovely shots of the palm warbler. Thank you for including it beautiful song here. And thank you for the beautiful Ella Wilcox Wheeler quote you have on your side-bar. I believe it describes your heart well. Sharon

    March 21, 2013
    • Oh, how wonderful!! I can’t tell you how good that makes me feel — honestly!! How old is your son? I would LOVE to show you a project I have in the works (geared for children), but it’s still in the early submitting stages — it’s my dream to reach out just like this, for children!

      Thanks again, you’re truly the kindest.

      March 21, 2013
  21. Pat #

    Wonderful photography – thanks so much.

    April 24, 2013
    • Thanks so much! I love these little guys…. Just adore them.

      April 24, 2013

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