Good Bird Photography is more challenging simply because you have less control over your subjects. The western palm warbler is browner and has more pronounced streaking on the breast. Palm warblers are members of Parulidae, the wood-warbler family. Nature photography is about so much more than just opportunity, a point and shoot moment. Required fields are marked *, “Outside My Window” Brown and yellow comparison by Chuck Tague), Your email address will not be published. The typical range maps don’t tell the story. [5] For the interval 1966-2015 the Palm warbler population increased throughout much of its northernmost breeding range. Photos on this blog are used by permission and are copyrighted material. Hopefully, together we will encourage and motivate nature lovers everywhere to get outdoors with their cameras and take photographs that they can be proud of, and have fun doing it. The Yellow Palm Warbler breeds east of Hudson Bay, from eastern Ontario to southern Labrador and Newfoundland. There are two types, or subspecies, of palm warbers, the Western and the yellow. The typical range maps don’t tell the story. The song of this bird is a monotonous buzzy trill. On the map it would look like this. The Western Palm Warbler (S. p. palmarum) nests roughly west of Ottawa, Ontario and winters along the southeastern coast of the U.S. and the West Indies. Just enjoy the bird photos and the adventures that go along with capturing those photos. 25 April 2013. These birds migrate to the southeastern United States, the Yucatán Peninsula, islands of the Caribbean, and eastern Nicaragua south to Panama to winter. It’s a rare day when we find a yellow one. "Yellow palm warbler" or "eastern palm warbler" (S. p. hypochrysea) of the eastern third of the breeding range has brownish-olive upper parts and thoroughly yellow underparts with bold rufous breast and flank streaking. Your email address will not be published. Last September, 2013, I photographed the eastern yellow subspecies palm warbler in the Allegan State Game Area. E-Bird has tracked the fall and spring migration habits of both subspecies of the Palm Warbler, showing distinct timing and geographic movement patterns of the western palm warblers and the eastern yellow palm warblers. For the quickest way to their breeding grounds “yellow” crosses to the Atlantic Flyway in the spring (green arrow going east) while “western” crosses to the Mississippi-Ohio watershed (green arrow going northwest). Photographing birds is not like photographing people. Palm warblers forage on the ground much more than other warblers, sometimes flying to catch insects. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The main difference between the two subspecies is that the breast plumage of the eastern yellow subspecies is more distinctly yellow. Click on photo for larger image. Þráinsson, Gunnlaugur (1997) Palm Warbler and Cerulean Warbler in Iceland - new to the Western Palearctic, "Palm Warbler Identification, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology", "BBS Trend Maps - Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum",, Native birds of the Northeastern United States, Taxonbars without secondary Wikidata taxon IDs, Taxonbars with automatically added original combinations, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, "Yellow" palm warbler in non-breeding plumage, This page was last edited on 29 October 2020, at 17:38. Size and coloration are the major characteristics that set subspecies apart. Palm warblers breed in open coniferous bogs and edge east of the Continental Divide, across Canada and the northeastern United States. Your email address will not be published. Over time, a subspecies may evolve enough to be classified as a new, distinct and genetically recognizable species of bird. (See photo below.) They seemed unconcerned with the human activity around them as they bobbed their tail feathers (to show off their yellow feathers under tail) and foraged for food in a wide open, grassy picnic area. Palm warbler, photographed in January 2017 at Peaceful Waters Sanctuary, Wellington, Palm Beach County. And you do not have to hide in blinds or cars or tiptoe quietly in an attempt to get closer. Their constant tail bobbing is an identifying characteristic. It has much less yellow below, with less colorful streaking, and cold grayish-brown upper parts.