Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Does this angle of the sun make my rump look yellow?


Yellow rumped warblers were in migrating abundance on Hilton Head. One or two winter over in my yard, but there were dozens everywhere in South Carolina. The ones in these photos do not have the yellow patch on the top of their head so perhaps they are females.


This red algae was in bloom on one of the ponds spreading like a royal velvet carpet. It must have hidden small midges or water insects, because the warblers were all over it balancing carefully on any stick and reaching their bills into the water.

They are one of the few birds that can eat poison ivy berries and digest the waxy berries of wax myrtle.  



In the shadows of the woods they appear a deep blue-gray rather than a dull gray.  They will leave this area and head up north to breed in the pine woods.  They do not sit still for long and capturing a photo is a challenge.  (It is even a greater challenge when a Canadian grannie walks to your side and begins to quiz you on the celebration of holidays in America!)


7 comments:

Celia said...

I've never seen red algae blooming close up, it's beautiful.

Tabor said...

Celia there are many kinds of red algae and some are more filamentous and others more plant like.

Brian Miller said...

yes...your butt looks yellow...ha....and pretty cool they can stand on the algea...must be pretty light...

Red said...

Surprising that there are just an amazing number of the yellow rumps once they're here.

ellen abbott said...

these little guys winter over here in my yard. Now I know why poison ivy comes up in my yard every spring. Every spring I put on my gloves and dig up the sprouts.

kenju said...

I have never seen red algae. It is prettier than I would have thought.

Kay said...

You do take the most beautiful photos. These are so very lovely. I do enjoy going out to ponds and marshes too. I don't know where to find one here in Hawaii though that's close by.