Common Yellowthroat

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A few days ago, I had the most delightful photo session with a curious male Common Yellowthroat on the Butterfly Trail at Eastern Neck NWR.

An abundant wood warbler found throughout the United States, they are usually hidden low in vegetation.  But you can easily find these beautiful birds by their distinctive song.  Then you wait and hope the male pops up to an open perch to really belt his song!

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Common Yellowthroat (male) in song, Pose #1

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Song of Common Yellowthroat, courtesy Ted Floyd

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Lights, cameras, action!  Now strike a pose for me!  🤩 📷 🤩

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Common Yellowthroat (male), Pose #2

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Common Yellowthroat (male), Pose #3

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Common Yellowthroat (male), Pose #4

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Common Yellowthroat (male), Pose #05 (and my favorite)

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Thank you, Mister Common Yellowthroat, you brightened my day!

Interesting Fact:  The Common Yellowthroat was one of the first bird species to be cataloged from the New World, when a specimen from Maryland was described by Linnaeus in 1766.  (My home state!)

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34 thoughts on “Common Yellowthroat

  1. Wonderful captures, Donna. I know the books say their song is ‘wichity-wichity-wichity’ but I hear, ‘whoa-baby, whoa-baby, whoa-baby!’ 😀

  2. 👏👏👏📷 and 🎶🎶🎶 I’m now playing the recording to the sparrows feeding on the roof of the smoke house😂

  3. I think I have heard these birds sing, but your excellent photos are the first time I see them. Next time I hear them, I’ll try to locate them by sight.

  4. Really been an explosion of Yellowthroats in these parts. They have one of the calls you immediately can identify and as you captured, always willing to give us a great pose. I refer to them as the Hamburglar of the birding world with that mask ha.

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