LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Today is Bird of the Week and joining us to talk about is Sarah Baxter with Arkansas Game and Fish. This week it's all about the warbler.
Sarah Baxter with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission stopped by "THV 11 News at Noon" to talk more about these little birds and where you can find them!
There are tons of species making their way through Arkansas at the moment, but we wanted to focus on warblers this week.
Warblers are very small birds, and most of them have at least some yellow on them, obviously some have more than others. Many of them have incredibly striking plumage, and others, while still being yellow to yellow-green, are more drab.
They are insectivorous, so they winter in Central and South America to take advantage of the food resource down there, then make their way up north to raise their young. This is when we up here in the north have a high insect count, so they can spread out and take advantage of a seasonal food source here so it is not completely depleted down south.
Several of these species are just passing through and nest farther north of here, but several of these species will stay here to nest in Arkansas. The Prothonotary Warbler is one that can be found in Arkansas through the end of summer. It is extremely colorful and also extremely common if you look in the right places.
Most warblers hang out high up in tall trees, so when we go out looking at them, it is hard to look at them long before you get "warbler neck"!