Yellow-rumped Warblers, fondly known as “butterbutts” among bird watchers, are winter residents in New England. They prefer coniferous or mixed coniferous-deciduous woodlands, although in New England with will come all they way down to dune scrub areas to eat bayberries. In the woods, they will forage in flocks, searching for berries among the tree branches
FEEDING: Yellow-rumped Warblers are unique suited to eat strange variety of fruits that other species avoid, like bayberries and poison ivy/oak berries. In their northern breeding areas they are insect eaters as well.
CONSERVATION: Yellow-rumped Warblers are common across the continent. They are known to suffer from collisions with scyscrapers and other tall obstructions during migration.
ATTRACTING THEM TO YOUR YARD: Yellow-rumped Warblers are not easily tempted to backyard feeders due to the habitat they prefer. However, if you live near suitable wintering habitat, suet feeders, raisins and peanut butter will occasionally bring them into backyard feeders.
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Yellow-rumped Warbler male (above) and female (below)
Northern Bayberry, a favorite food of Yellow-rumped Warblers