Breeding Season and Migrants are arriving – March 18 2016

This time of year is when many species (not all such as Lesser Goldfinch or Heermann’s Gull as some examples) begin their mating and you’re likely to hear “songs” and “calls”.  If unfamiliar between the two, songs are usually a longer string of notes offering more of a melody in many cases especially with Warblers.  Adult male warblers, such as the male ASY (after second year) Yellow-rumped Warbler, offer a bold colorful presentation during mating season.  The Audubon sub species of the Yellow-rumped Warbler are found primarily in the mountainous west. They will offer a yellow throat patch vs. the Myrtle sub species in which the throat will be white.  The Myrtle are more commonly found in the eastern US though some have been located here in the west.

Since their arrival in fall of each year, females and juveniles appear rather drab as compared to the males.  However now that mating season is underway, you can see a comparison below of a drab juvenile and female  Yellow-rumped Warbler and a male Yellow-rumped Warbler.  All 3 photos are of the Audubon sub species.  For a far more advanced look at many of the variations of a Yellow-rumped Warbler, please see this link for the McGill Bird Observatory – Yellow-rumped Warbler

Photo taken at Mission Viejo Lake in Mission Viejo, CA on January 12, 2016
A female Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s sub species) – winter.  Photo taken at Mission Viejo Lake in Mission Viejo, CA on January 12, 2016
Photo taken at Laguna Niguel Regional Park in Laguna Niguel, CA on January 14, 2013
A juvenile Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s sub species).  Photo taken at Laguna Niguel Regional Park in Laguna Niguel, CA on January 14, 2013
Photo taken at Mission Viejo Lake in Mission Viejo, CA on March 16, 2016
A male Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s sub species) Photo taken at Mission Viejo Lake in Mission Viejo, CA on March 16, 2016

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