A spring feast

This little Palm Warbler found a giant insect on a patch of burned prairie and had quite a bit of trouble getting it down.  Interesting that they don’t use their feet to immobilize their prey or help them ingest a large food item.

palm warbler, Setophaga palmarum

palm warbler, Setophaga palmarum

palm warbler, Setophaga palmarum

palm warbler, Setophaga palmarum

palm warbler, Setophaga palmarum

This is the western subspecies of Palm Warbler, with a mostly white chest and belly. The eastern form, which we saw in Cuba a couple of weeks ago, is entirely yellow below. Those birds will probably migrate up the east coast of the U.S. and breed in the northeastern U.S. and Canada. The little bird above is probably just passing through Minnesota, trying to fatten up on what few insects have emerged so far, before completely its journey to its breeding grounds in the bogs and coniferous forests of central Canada.

2 thoughts on “A spring feast

    • It certainly took some manipulation getting that big bug down. One advantage of being small is that you don’t have to eat very many bugs to get your fill for the day.

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