According to experts at WhatBird, this subspecies is not commonly found in SW Michigan. Just when I thought that most birds were done traveling through Michigan to their northern or western nesting grounds, I found and photographed another spring traveler. The typical range maps don’t tell the story. The Yellow Palm Warbler (S. p. hypochrysea) nests east of Ottawa and winters primarily along the Gulf Coast. Bobby Greene photographed a brown one on migration in Ohio a few years ago, below. These birds mainly eat insects and berries. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Palm warbler, photographed in January 2017 at Peaceful Waters Sanctuary, Wellington, Palm Beach County. Those readers who are not ready to think about or invest in camera equipment should not be discouraged. Good Bird Photography is more challenging simply because you have less control over your subjects. Your email address will not be published. Those types of questions let me know that I need to take some time to explain the complexities, and fun, of good wildlife photography. Read more about palm warbler subspecies in Chuck Tague’s blog: Palm Tree Warblers. See this link to learn more. "Brown palm warbler" or "western palm warbler" (S. p. palmarum) inhabits the remaining western two-thirds of the breeding range. [6], Palm warbler has been recorded as a vagrant to Iceland.[7]. All Rights Reserved. Photos on this blog are used by permission and are copyrighted material. One observation and one photograph simply will not do. This site welcomes questions, comments, and stories from engaged readers, photographers and bird lovers. Copyright 2020 Kate St. John It has much less yellow below, with less colorful streaking, and cold grayish-brown upper parts. Your email address will not be published. The main difference between the two subspecies is that the breast plumage of the eastern yellow subspecies is more distinctly yellow. Nature photography is about so much more than just opportunity, a point and shoot moment. For the quickest way to their breeding grounds “yellow” crosses to the Atlantic Flyway in the spring (green arrow going east) while “western” crosses to the Mississippi-Ohio watershed (green arrow going northwest). The colors indicate the two subspecies — yellow and western (brown) — that breed in different places, cross over on migration, and overlap their range in winter. Western palm warblers migrate from their wintering grounds in the Caribbean and Southern United States to their breeding grounds in Canada. Required fields are marked *. Hopefully, together we will encourage and motivate nature lovers everywhere to get outdoors with their cameras and take photographs that they can be proud of, and have fun doing it. Click on photo for larger image. Last September, 2013, I photographed the eastern yellow subspecies palm warbler in the Allegan State Game Area. The song of this bird is a monotonous buzzy trill. The western palm warbler is browner and has more pronounced streaking on the breast. Gray head with yellow throat and chest; Slim overall build; Usually found foraging in trees; Photo: Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) These warblers migrate through both sides of the county, converging in and around Mexico for the winter. It's about the adventure of getting outdoors to observe and learn about wild birds and then creating something of beauty to take home with you. Compare this Western Palm Warbler Breast Feathers with the Eastern Yellow Subspecies. Both the eastern and the western subspecies sport (and pump) their bright yellow under tail feathers. The lens had no problem locking down focus as they hopped and ran in the grass. They are considerably more rare in Puget Sound, although one Palm Warbler wintered at … This blog is about how I go about observing and photographing a wide variety of wild birds. Kirtland's, prairie, and palm warblers are the only Setophaga species that incessantly bob their tails. Palm warbler nests take the form of an open cup, usually situated on or near the ground in an open area. And when you are outdoors enjoying the birds, think about how you would bring those memories back home with you. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. They seemed unconcerned with the human activity around them as they bobbed their tail feathers (to show off their yellow feathers under tail) and foraged for food in a wide open, grassy picnic area. Brown palm warbler by Robert Greene, Jr. paraphrased from Birds of North America Online, Brown and yellow comparison by Chuck Tague. Þráinsson, Gunnlaugur (1997) Palm Warbler and Cerulean Warbler in Iceland - new to the Western Palearctic, "Palm Warbler Identification, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology", "BBS Trend Maps - Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum",, Native birds of the Northeastern United States, Taxonbars without secondary Wikidata taxon IDs, Taxonbars with automatically added original combinations, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, "Yellow" palm warbler in non-breeding plumage, This page was last edited on 29 October 2020, at 17:38. "Yellow palm warbler" or "eastern palm warbler" (S. p. hypochrysea) of the eastern third of the breeding range has brownish-olive upper parts and thoroughly yellow underparts with bold rufous breast and flank streaking. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Nancy McKown and with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. I came across these rusty capped, tail wagging song birds at a local park. In all kinds of weather, we keep going back, changing our locations, positions and angles, camera settings, lighting, and photography equipment. The western palm warbler is browner and has more pronounced streaking on the breast. But don’t expect to see them both in Pittsburgh. They also walk and run on the ground more than most warblers. So many times, I've been asked: "Did you take that photo with your I-Phone?" [4] Every year since 1900 the Palm warbler has been observed during Christmas Bird Count activities in Massachusetts, and consistently since 1958 in Nova Scotia.