Warblers

Prized by avid birders for their colorful plumage and active nature, Warblers are becoming a popular sight in backyards everywhere. What makes warblers so special? Let's take a look:

There are 51 species of warblers that can be seen in North America, with many areas having 10 or more common species. Warblers are characterized by their small size, wide range of colorful plumage, and quick movements. Novice bird watchers may find that warblers are some of the more difficult birds to observe because of their highly active behavior. They are often seen flitting in and out of the cover of trees and shrubs, only allowing for quick glimpses of their color and patterns.

Most warblers are small in size, approximately 4.5 to 5.5 inches. They have a slim shape and small, pointed bills that are designed for catching insects. As mentioned before, they are very colorful. Yellow, orange, and red are common colors, along with green and gray. Black streaks and white wingbars are also common. Their color combinations are often unmistakable, so identification is often easier if one stops to feed or rest. Plumage color often varies greatly depending the time of year, sex, and age of the warbler. In general, females tend to be paler than males and immature birds of either sex are paler than full adults.

Warblers build their own nests, and will not use man-made housing. You can often find their nests in shrubs and the lower branches of trees. Nests are usually built using bark, weeds, grasses, and cobwebs.

Insects and spiders are the primary food sources for warblers; however, when insects and spiders are not plentiful warblers will eat berries, seeds, and suet. Most warblers migrate to Central and South America during the winter months, though a few species will stay in an area year round. Species likely to stay include the Pine, Palm, Yellow-rumped, Orange-crowned, and Common Yellowthroat. They are usually found in the southern states and along the East Coast. There is a variety of suet available that is perfect for attracting warblers to your backyard. Suet containing berries or insect parts is particularly attractive to warblers. You can also add a feeder with black oil sunflower seed. Fresh water is also important during the winter months, so consider the use of a heated birdbath if water freezes in your area. An added bonus for attracting warblers is a reduction in the insect population. Gardeners will appreciate their appetite for insects that are harmful to their plants.

If you are interested in attracting warblers, we offer a larger variety of suet, suet feeders, and seed feeders at www.bestnest.com. If you would like more personal assistance, please email us at customerservice@bestnest.com or call 877-369-5446.