Mr. and Mrs. Yellow Warbler and Some Orioles: June 2021

Of all of the warbler species that pass through the Toronto area in migration, the Yellow Warbler is one of the few species that actually nest here.

Yellow Warbler (male)

The Yellow Warbler is a small, round-headed warbler with a beady black eye and stout bill.

Yellow Warbler (female)

I saw this pair gathering food for chicks near Bluffers Beach.

MYSTERY BIRD

I will identify it at the end of the post.

Male Yellow Warblers have chestnut streaks on the breast.

Yellow Warbler (male)
Yellow Warbler (male)

Females are mostly unstreaked.

Yellow Warbler (female)

Some people refer to both Yellow Warblers and Goldfinches as “wild canaries”.

American Goldfinch (male)

Yellow Warblers are usually found near the tops of shrubs or small trees.

Yellow Warbler (female)

Yellow Warblers breed near water in shrubby thickets and woods.

Yellow Warbler (male)

They winter in mangrove forests in Central amd South America.

Yellow Warbler (female)
Yellow Warbler (male)

Yellow Warblers eat mostly insects that they pick from foliage or capture on short flights or while hovering to reach leaves. Typical prey include midges, caterpillars, beetles, leafhoppers and other bugs, and wasps. (allaboutbirds.org)

Yellow Warblers
Yellow Warbler (female)
Yellow Warbler (male)
Yellow Warbler (male)

Several Baltimore Orioles were in the same area as the warblers.

Baltimore Oriole (male)
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Baltimore Oriole (female)
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Baltimore Oriole (male)

Some views of the area.

Bank Swallow colony

MYSTERY BIRD

The lack of a ring on the bill and flesh coloured legs identify this as a Herring Gull.

Herring Gull

MAILBOX

Thank-you to Leah Salvador-Ferrone for these photos.

Just want to share a neat shot of a GBH shaking off water. He almost looks like a drill.
Also, the goldfinch at Marie Curtis looked really good against the purple of the thistle.

NATURE POETRY

Shine on, majestic one!
Shine on, O glorious sun!
And never fail to cheer
My life so dark and drear.
Whene’er thou shinest bright,
And show thy brilliant light,
The cares I know each day
Silently steal away.                         – Eloise Bibb Thompson (1878–1928)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Mr. and Mrs. Yellow Warbler and Some Orioles: June 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Well–I knew it was a Gull, anyway!
    Such gorgeous birds, those jewel-like Yellow Warblers and Baltimore Orioles! Thanks, Miles, for the beautiful pictures! And thank you too, Leah, for your beautiful pictures of “Wild Canaries” among the purple thistles–and “The Drill” is a riot!

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