A yellow-rumped warbler striking an action pose in Frisco Texas

A home away from home

There are two cedar trees in all of Frisco where I have discovered dozens of yellow-rumped warblers. Enclosed in fencing and elevated above a drainage system, this area is prime real estate for avian wildlife showering it up and snacking on cedar berries prior to arrival at their wintery Texas retreat.

A yellow-rumped warbler in Frisco Texas
A yellow-rumped warbler feeling the presence of a photographer behind him

The warblers love to stretch their wings and preen. The females perch closer to the warmth of the trunk of the cedar tree allowing their mates to play. A game of crazy eights may even be in order if you’re lucky.

 

A female yellow-rumped warbler in a cedar tree
A female yellow-rumped warbler perched in a cedar tree
A female yellow-rumped warbler perched deep in a cedar tree
A female Yellow-rumped warbler sitting pretty in a cedar tree
A male yellow-rumped warbler perched on a cedar tree in Frisco Texas
A male yellow-rumped warbler perched on a cedar tree branch

Cedar waxwings, blue jays, and white-throated sparrows seek solace in the tree as well. It seems cedar berries and the safety of the prickly cedar leaves are appreciated by all species.

A cedar waxwing in a cedar tree in Frisco, Texas
A cedar waxwing enjoying the many fruits of a cedar tree
A white-throated sparrow in Frisco Texas
A white-throated sparrow about to take a bird bath
A white-throated sparrow enjoying grub underneath a cedar tree

Just a year ago I didn’t even know what a warbler was. Now, I hunt them down as if I am on safari. I never thought I would stumble upon such colorful, active wildlife in my local area. It just goes to show how rewarding scoping out your local environment really is. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to partake in this activity. All you need is a good pair of ears or eyes. I just so happen to have a camera accompanying me on my journey.

A male showing off its bright yellow rump yellow-rumped warbler in Frisco Texas
A yellow-rumped warbler showing off its yellow-rump
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