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Yellow Warbler (male)

Setophaga petechia


Small, evenly proportioned songbirds with medium-length tails and rounded heads. For a warbler, the straight, thin bill is relatively large. Yellow Warblers are uniformly yellow birds. Males are a bright, egg-yolk yellow with reddish streaks on the underparts. Both sexes flash yellow patches in the tail. The face is unmarked, accentuating the large black eye.


They breed in shrubby thickets and woods, particularly along watercourses and in wetlands. Common trees include willows, alders, and cottonwoods across North America and up to about 9,000 feet in the West. In winter they mainly occur in mangrove forests of Central and South America.


I was shooting birds in flight just before I spotted this guy and I forgot to dial everything back - ISO at 400, f10 and shutter speed 1/2000. Oops! It would look much better at ISO100 and slower shutter speed.

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Hampton Bays, New York, USA

Lat: 40.86, Long: -72.52

Spotted on May 28, 2012
Submitted on May 28, 2012

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