I was amused by the antics of this little Tennessee Warbler as it probed the flowers of the buckeye tree in my backyard. I don’t know what it was finding to eat among the flower heads; I took a few flowers apart, didn’t find any insects, but there was a drop of sticky nectar at the base of each. Perhaps that is reward enough for a little 10 gram (1/3 ounce) bird.
This little bird twisted itself into some unusual positions trying to get its beak down into the flowers. Some examples:
It has been interesting to see the waves of warblers move through. A week ago, the trees were full of Yellow-rumped Warblers, and now we have hordes of Tennessee Warblers flitting about.
It is amazing how these birds synchronize their arrivals with the emergence of particular vegetation. Each year the Tennessee Warblers arrive just as the buckeye tree is flowering, regardless of the actual date. Since our spring was so delayed this year, the birds can’t be using a temporal cue. They must be better weather predictors than our local meterologists!