Every winter, I get an interesting mixture of wintering and migrating species to my backyard. Every year, Yellow Rumped Warblers are among these. I’ll see them but not think much about it because they have been generally non-aggressive and somewhat passive feeder customers. They pick around the ground for tidbits here and there and don’t really make much a fuss about anything. That is, until this year.
Yellow Rumped Warbler From Hell?
As far as I can tell, this one is a solitary immature male that has gotten away from a flock and his behavior is quite unusual. He will get on my feeder station and spend the next half hour to an hour trying to keep anybody off of the feeders that he thinks he can take in a fight. Chickadees, juncos, goldfinches, titmice and even some house finches are all fair game. I’ve never seen a Yellow Rumped Warbler behave in this manner. He doesn’t appear to be sickly. My secret theory is that he is more aggressive because he’s stressed by the cold weather here now and being separated from his flock.
Am I Full Of It?
Do I just not have enough experience with these guys to know what I’m talking about or have any of you seen this type of behavior at your feeders? Leave me a comment below and tell me your experience with these wonderful little birds.