Bird of the Month: Wilson’s Warbler

I’m a tweet wittle bird in a dilded tage | Tweetie’d my name but I don’t know my age | I don’t have to worry and dat id dat | I tafe in here from dat old Puddytat.” ~ Tweety Bird

(Opening photo credit:  Wikipedia)

When we spotted our first Wilson’s Warbler in the window sill a few years back, we were certain someone’s pet canary had escaped the swing of his cage and was looking for a way back to Dwanny’s Granny’s. Such a beautiful, vibrant little bird to be visiting our drab winter yard!

Sadly, he graced us for only a day or two and he was gone, most likely migrating onto greater, prettier places.

Like a good little party-crasher, he arrived again Thanksgiving of the next year, then split again. But around Christmas, he came back…and stayed. For weeks without fail he would come around breakfast donning his little black beret, and leaving us to wonder how much longer we will get to enjoy him.

One thing for sure is that he does love our garden space. From the comfort of the warm van we watch for him, pulling slowly into the driveway from a morning of errand-running. He is quickly spotted, the only brightly-colored anything in an otherwise an colorless garden space. He flits up and down, gleaning insects from the blueberry bushes and the adjacent brush pile.

As I pull to a stop, the kids clamber to one side of the car elbowing each other to get best view of him. If only he knew the commotion he caused! All the silly little Puddytats plotting and scheming with their field lenses for a rare close-up as his airborne acrobatics amuse and entertain.

Slow down and appreciate nature seems to be his advice. Everyone should be so lucky to have one of these guys in their yard.

I call him “Wilson,” but the kids aptly named him Tweety. The black cat that used to frequent our yard was, of course, Sylvester, though we’ve not seen the likes of him for a while now. How lucky for Tweety.

As we eat our breakfast before school each day, he shows up — right on schedule — and we all sing the song because it’s quite hard not to.

Problems with an old camera whose smaller aperture and slower shutter won’t flex for low light conditions paired with a flitty subject, it is always difficult to get a still shot of him.

Tweety and Mr. Squirrel
Tweety and Mr. Squirrel

I know that last month’s bird was also taking a bath, so my little bird voyeur habit is now firmly out of the closet. As for the background kitchen noise, the kids always have chores to do; life goes on, even when someone else is trying to get a relaxing bath.

21 thoughts on “Bird of the Month: Wilson’s Warbler

  1. I was once in a very big US birding hotspot, Cape May NJ, looking through their gift shop. There were about 30 other people in this popular shop, and many feeders and trees outside. Someone yelled, “Wilson’s Warbler” and the entire store emptied instantly, and everyone ran outside with their binoculars to see it. It was hilarious! The Wilson’s Warbler is such a beautiful and special bird, Shannon, how lovely you have the grace of this male in your yard. So wonderful that you all appreciate it so much. Fun post.

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    1. They are! And in the winter, when the sun isn’t shining so much and the weather is cold and rainy, they are like little rainbow-and-sunshine splashes viewed from the coziness inside. I can’t wait until spring.

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    1. He is! We are watching him every day…from INSIDE the house (where it’s warm and dry). If you haven’t yet, the other post (linked at the end) has a couple of videos you might enjoy. Cheers, Christy.

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    1. Our Big Year project has really opened our eyes to what is out there. We are the only ones I see looking up (at the sky) rather than down (at a mobile device) in our parts. Our senses are heightened, and we get rewarded with little treasures like Wilson’s! Thanks for stopping by…I’m glad you liked it!

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    1. There is only one other yellow bird we’ve seen that rivals him in yellow: the Common Yellowthroat. We get the finches here too, but ours are still wearing their duller winter colors, the males just beginning to burst with their brighter yellows against the blacks and whites. I’d love to know what kind of birds you see in your parts! I never get tired of watching them.

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  2. A cute, entertaining post again, Shannon. Loved the video, especially the nice touch of the background music by the children’s choir. 🙂

    Added two more to our Big Year list, a Dark-eyed Junco and a Carolina Wren. Total now 111.

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    1. Somehow I knew you’d like it. Come to think of it, it was you who helped me to identify Wilson’s that first time. There is no cuter little guy, save maybe the Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

      You are ahead of us by one! We hope to catch up on our next birding excursion. Thanks for coming by Bob. 🙂

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