Look for Pine Warblers at Suet Feeders

While most warblers are insect eating birds, watch closely at your suet feeders and you may spot a surprising visitor—a colorful pine warbler!

palm warblerCourtesy Christine Ramey

How to Identify and Attract Pine Warblers

“What is this yellow bird that visits my feeder?” asks Christine Ramey of Springfield, Georgia.

That’s a special visitor because it’s a member of the warbler family. And since warblers are insect eaters, most aren’t attracted to feeders. One main exception is the pine warbler. They regularly visit suet feeders, especially in the Southern states during winter. They also sometimes eat sunflower seed.

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This particular warbler (above) is male. Key field marks include the bright yellow underparts with streaks at the sides of the chest, and the detailed pattern around and below the eyes.

You can also identify this bird by its preferred habitat. As indicated by its name, look for pine warblers in groves of pines. Like other warblers, they are often spotted high in the treetops. Their song sounds similar to a chipping sparrow or dark-eyed junco.

Psst—here’s how to identify yellow warblers and palm warblers.

pine warblerCourtesy Mark Benson
Pine warbler

“Every year I make pinecone treats by smearing them with a mixture of peanut butter, oats, cornmeal, chopped raisins and birdseed. I attach a small branch to serve as a perch. It’s fun to see birds like the pine warbler stop for a snack,” says Sue Mohrmann of Carrollton, Virginia.

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Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman
Kenn and Kimberly are the official Birds & Blooms bird experts. They are the duo behind the Kaufman Field Guide series. They speak and lead bird trips all over the world. When they're not traveling, they enjoy watching birds and other wildlife in their Northwest Ohio backyard.