Welcome to the second Bird Weekly Photo Challenge. Week #2 challenge is Birds with Yellow Feathers. Upcoming challenges can be found on my Bird Weekly Challenge Page.
The most famous bird with yellow feathers is Big Bird from Sesame Street. As a kid growing up in the 60’s & 70’s, Big Bird, along with Cookie Monster, Grover, Bert & Ernie, Oscar the Grouch and The Count were extremely influential in my upbringing. They entertained me for that short 30 minutes every day. During the first season in 1969, Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird were the only Muppets to appear regularly in the Street scenes with the other muppet characters in separate segments. Full history of Sesame Street on wikipedia here.
I have never done a Big Bird photoshoot and have no desire to step on any copyright-protected images so I guess my real yellow feathered friends will have to do for today.
Cedar Waxwing can survive on fruit alone and if a waxwing eats enough berries while it is growing a tail feather, the tip of the feather will be orange. They eat the berries whole without regurgitating them and can become intoxicated or even die when they eat overripe berries that have started to ferment and produce alcohol.
Yellow-rumped Warblers migrate by the thousands at a time. They winter across the central and southeastern US. We see them in our yard, along trails and even at the beach. At the feeder, they like sunflower seeds, raisins, suet and peanut butter. They are the only warbler able to digest the waxes found on bayberries and wax myrtles. You will see them foraging with other warbler species such as the Palm, Magnolia and Black-throated Green Warblers.
American Goldfinches hanging out at the feeders. They are the state bird of New Jersey, Iowa and Washington. Goldfinches eat seeds exclusively from sunflowers, thistle, asters and others. At feeders, they prefer nyjer and sunflower seeds. They migrate to our yard in January-February and in that time, we get to see their colors start to turn from the pale yellow to brighter yellow. Then they are gone! They breed in Northwestern states of the US and across the southern parts of Canada. Nests are generally built high in a shrub where two or three vertical branches join but are often open and visible from below. The clutch size can be 2-7 pale bluish white eggs, sometimes with small faint brown spots around the large end. Incubation period is 12-14 days.
The Savannah Sparrow was named by a famed nineteenth century ornithologist Alexander Wilson for a specimen collected in Savannah, Georgia. This medium sized sparrow has the well known yellow band over the eye. The female builds the nest in one to three days. Her clutch size is 2-6 pale greenish, bluish, tan or white eggs with speckles and streaks. Incubation period is 12-13 days.
Until next week…Week #3 – Waders.
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