Common Yellowthroat

For the most part, canopy-dwelling warblers are beyond my reach. However, there is a small warbler that operates at my level, foraging for insects in the thickets and brushy fields where I often ramble: the Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas). I encounter this songbird almost daily, more often by sound than sight: their “witchity-witchity-witchity-witch” voice is unmistakable.

These images are male Yellowthroats on nesting territories in early summer.


Male Yellowthroat on a rainy day in late June

The perch in this last photo is Garden Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) , an herbaceous perennial native to Eurasia that is spreading like wildfire in my locale. So many open, natural habitats are becoming  invasive species laboratories; frightening.


Male Yellowthroat perched on Valerian in late June

Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.


7 thoughts on “Common Yellowthroat

    • You’re so right about that Charlie. I stood in a light rain for over half an hour this morning, watching that yellowthroat hop, flutter and scoot around, nonstop, in dense shrub and foliage cover before getting a few quick shots – and never came close to capturing the scene I wanted!

  1. You may not have caught the scene you wanted, but I think the ones you caught were plenty fine. We don’t always get such perfect choices when shooting wildlife!

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