Orange Crowned Warbler, New Bird In Backyard



We have another new bird visiting our backyard this year in addition to the Eastern Bluebird.

It’s an Orange Crowned Warbler.

Orange Crowned Warbler Caught A Skeeter Eater

Orange Crowned Warbler Caught A Skeeter Eater

This cute little bird has taken me days to identify, and I’m still not 100% sure I’m correct.  Let me share my decision making, so any bird experts can help me confirm or deny this species.

It has a yellow undertail (yellow on the bottom of the tail), a broken eye ring (the little white circle around the eye is incomplete), and has drab yellow with blurry olive streaks on its breast.

From what I’ve seen over the last 3-4 days, it is a voracious insect eater.  It loves what we call them down here in Texas, “Skeeter Eaters”, which are actually Mosquito Hawks.  It’s a pretty shy bird, and it’s solitary.  I have not seen it even close to the bird feeders, although they do eat nuts and berries I think I read.

I originally thought this might be a Ruby Crowned Kinglet (I hypothesized this in a post this past weekend), but after never seeing the red crown on the top of it’s head, and seeing how that bird has some black stripes on its wing, I decided it wasn’t a Kinglet.

It is a tiny little bird, but it sure can find those “Skeeter Eaters!”  What this bird will do is perch on this fence we have surrounding our fruit trees, and scan the grass.  It will then hop down into the grass, and WHAM, it typically will then have the insect.

I didn’t quite have the correct settings to fully capture this, but you can get an idea from this photo.

Orange Crowned Warbler Lunging At Skeeter Eater

Orange Crowned Warbler Lunging At Skeeter Eater

Moments later, the little bird has a nice little insect meal.

Orange Crowned Warbler With Skeeter Eater In Mouth

Orange Crowned Warbler With Skeeter Eater In Mouth

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