This last year I was able to photograph quite a few yellow warblers. I’d never noticed them before, but once I did I could not help but notice them. They are a very small bird that tends to prefer edge habitat. By this I mean that strip of land bordering woods, rivers, or even parking lots. During the early spring they are very territorial with the males staking out an area and singing both to attract females as well as to chase off other males. Once you recognize the song it is hard to miss. You would think their bright yellow plumage would make them easy to spot, but they are often deep within he bushes and trees they favor and can be very hard to spot.
This past spring I was lucky enough to find a pair of yellow warblers building a nest in an area that was easily accessible and visible. Over the course of the spring I was able to watch them build the nest, lay eggs, sit on the eggs, and then watch the young grow over the course of weeks from helpless hatchlings to fledglings. And even after the young left the nest I was lucky on several occasions to find them sitting in the bushes near the nest still being fed, or just hanging out. It was an amazing opportunity to learn and to photograph. This gallery is a collection of what I view as the best images from this past spring and summer.