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Yellow-rumped Warbler in drab

Warblers! It's fall migration and birds look a bit different from the spring in their breeding plumajes. Many warblers sport colorful attires in spring, to get the ladies.


In fall, they look drab like this Yellow-rumped Warbler (look the male up).


So, you might have concluded by now that they are an identification nightmare. Fear not!


Newbies: you only need to know warblers exist at this point. Anything above that is great. Look at their behaviour and movement patterns. It immediately gives warbler away, they move a lot and very fast in the top of the trees almost never on the ground. The sharp bill and the long tail gives them away too.


Mid-experience: learn the field marks that give warblers away. Choose a very common one, one you see often and in big numbers. Then look at the colours around the face. Look for wingbars and for colours on the throat and rump. Those are critical!


Once you get one warbler you will know how to get the rest.


More lessons on our online course: The Beginners Guide to Birdwatching: Finding BIrds and Happiness here->

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Taken on September 23, 2020