ABACO WARBLERS: IN SEARCH OF A YELLOW RUMP…


Yellow-rumped_Warbler Dan Pancamo (Wiki)

ABACO WARBLERS: IN SEARCH OF A YELLOW RUMP…

I haven’t been very lucky with yellow rumps in the past. This is not normally something one likes to talk about in a public forum… but to be honest I have been longing to get hold of a yellow rump of my own. The warbler Setophaga coronata, that is, a fairly common winter resident on Abaco. I’ve seen them of course. I’ve glimpsed a passing flash of yellow rump. But no YRW has stayed parked in tree with its backside towards me for long enough to permit me to photograph its posterior glory. Ideally I’d have liked a clear, attractive shot like the header image (Dan Pancamo, Wiki). But desperation leads to lowered expectations and plummeting standards. Frankly, this year I’d have been satisfied with any yellow rump. Abandoning my initial plan to apply a yellow highlighter pen to a compliant female grassquit, I bided my time. And suddenly there, at the very top of a tree near the swimming pool at Delphi, was my chance… A pair of YRWs were in evidence.

Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abaco 5Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abaco 6Yellow-rumped Warbler Abaco 1Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abaco 2

The tree wasn’t very close to me, and the birds stayed near the very top. My photos were never going to be great. Especially since each bird was meticulous in keeping its rear end out of sight. Then they flew away! However quite soon one was back. This time there were twigs in the way, one of the those little variables that makes camera focussing so enjoyable. But this time I managed to ‘pap’ its derrière…  Feeble shots but mine own. As an avian ‘Holy Grail’, a mere yellow rump leaves quite a lot to be desired, I can quite see. It’s on no one’s ‘bucket list’ of birding musts. But now I can move on, release that poor female grassquit and chuck out the highlighter pen.

Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abaco 3Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abaco 4

6 thoughts on “ABACO WARBLERS: IN SEARCH OF A YELLOW RUMP…

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  3. Birders affectionately call them “Butter Butt”—not too classy a name for such a beautiful bird. They are a twitchy bird, difficult to capture, indeed. They do, however, have a rather distinct “chip” sound that often clues me in to their presence. Fun post, RH.

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    • Trouble is, Jet, Palm Warblers can be called ‘BB’ as well. And their buttery bit is, location wise, more butt-ish I suppose. “Yellow Spot Warbler” might have been more dignified, assuming it was essential to split them from their previous Magnolia Warbler incarnation. “Chipping Warbler” has a ring to it? RH

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    • Nor do they – until quite recently they were a type of magnolia warbler – an elegant name. Then they were reclassified and awarded a far less dignified name. Still, ‘yellow-arsed warbler’ would be worse… RH

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