30 Yellow Birds in West Virginia (ID and Song Guide) - Bird Advisors (2022)

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Yellow birds are common in West Virginia in spring and summer when the warblers arrive, but in winter, only the American Goldfinch is a commonly spotted yellow bird here.

This guide will help you identify yellow birds in West Virginia that you have spotted by giving you pictures, identification information, song recordings, and when they migrate in and out.

Most yellow birds in West Virginia are warblers, orioles, or tanagers, and sometimes they are female birds that look very different from the male of their species.

Identifying yellow birds will be a lot easier with all the information in this guide. I have listed these yellow birds in the order of which are most commonly spotted in West Virginia according to ebirdchecklists in spring and summer (May and June).

Yellow birds in West Virginia all year: American Goldfinch
Yellow birds in West Virginia in summer:
Cedar Waxwing, Scarlet Tanager, Common Yellowthroat, Black-throated Green Warbler, American Redstart, Eastern Meadowlark, Baltimore Oriole, Yellow Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo, Orchard Oriole, Magnolia Warbler, Pine Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Canada Warbler, Summer Tanager, Prothonotary Warbler, Dickcissel, Yellow-headed Blackbird
Yellow birds in West Virginia in winter:
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Evening Grosbeak
Yellow birds in West Virginia during migration:
Palm Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler

So read on to identify those yellow birds you have spotted.

30 Yellow Birds In West Virginia:

1. American Goldfinch

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American Goldfinches can be spotted in West Virginia all year, but their numbers increase during the breeding season. They are recorded in 43% of summer checklists and 29% of winter checklists submitted by bird watchers for the state.

American Goldfinches are popular birds. The males have bright yellow and black coloring in spring.The females are duller brown, as are males in winter.

  • Spinus tristis
  • Length: 4.3-5.1 in (11-13 cm)
  • Weight: 0.4-0.7 oz (11-20 g)
  • Wingspan: 7.5-8.7 in (19-22 cm)

American Goldfinches can be found in most of North America and are usually resident all year. However, those that breed in Canada and the Midwest migrate to the southern US States for winter.

You can find American Goldfinch in weedy fields and overgrown areas foraging for sunflower, thistle, and aster plants. They are also common in suburbs, parks, and backyards.

American Goldfinch Song:

Nests of American Goldfinches are usually located in saplings or shrubs. They are made of grass, bark strips, and feathers on which the female lays four to six eggs. It takes ten to twelve days for the eggs to hatch, and while the male feeds the female, she incubates the eggs.

Attract American Goldfinches to your backyard by planting thistles and milkweed. They will visit most bird feeders and prefer sunflower seed and nyjer seed.

Fun Fact: Brown-headed Cowbirds are known for laying eggs in an American Goldfinch nest, but unfortunately, the seed-based diet that the parents feed them is unsuitable for them, and they eventually die.

2. Cedar Waxwing

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Cedar Waxwings can be spotted in West Virginia all year but are more common during the breeding season. They appear in 22% of summer checklists and 2% of winter checklists for the state.

Cedar Waxwings are elegant social birds that are pale brown on the head, chest, and crest, which fades to gray on the back and wings, and tail. Their belly is pale yellow, and there is bright yellow on the tip. They have a narrow black mask over their eyes and bright red on the wingtips.

  • Bombycilla cedrorum
  • Length: 5.5-6.7 in (14-17 cm)
  • Weight: 1.1 oz (32 g)
  • Wingspan: 8.7-11.8 in (22-30 cm)

Cedar Waxwings breed in Canada before heading to the southern US, Mexico, and Central America for winter. They are resident all year in northern US states.

You can find Cedar Waxwings in berry bushes, woodlands, grassland, in towns, and along streams. They feed mainly on fruit but also eat insects in summer.

Cedar Waxwing Call:

Nests of Cedar Waxwing are in trees from twigs, grass, hair, and plant material and lined with pine needles and soft grass. They lay up to six eggs which take around twelve days to hatch and a further sixteen or so days for the young to leave the nest.

Attract Cedar Waxwings to your backyard try planting native trees and shrubs that have small fruit, such as serviceberry, dogwood, juniper, winterberry, and hawthorn. You can also try fruit on platform feeders.

Fun Fact: Cedar Waxwings give gifts when courting a potential mate, which they pass between them.

3. Scarlet Tanager Female

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Scarlet Tanagers are spotted during summer in West Virginia, mainly from April to October. They are recorded in 26% of checklists at this time.

Females Scarlet Tanagers are yellow with darker wings and tails, as are the males after molting.

Male Scarlet Tanagers are bright red birds with black wings and tails. Their bills are thick, and they have pretty short tails.

  • Piranga olivacea
  • Length: 6.3-6.7 in (16-17 cm)
  • Weight: 0.8-1.3 oz (23-38 g)
  • Wingspan: 9.8-11.4 in (25-29 cm)

In summer, Scarlet Tanagers breed in eastern forests before migrating to western South America. They can be spotted in southeastern states during their migrations.

Scarlet Tanagers can be hard to spot as they stay high in the forest canopy, but you may see a flash of red as they walk along branches looking for insects.

Scarlet Tanager Song:

Nests of Scarlet Tanagers are built by females in only around four days from loosely woven twigs, grass, and plant material. The inside is lined with soft grass, pine needles, and other soft material. They lay around four eggs, which take two weeks to hatch and up to two weeks for the young to fledge.

Attract Scarlet Tanagers by planting berry plants such as blackberries, raspberries, huckleberries, juneberries, serviceberries, mulberries, strawberries, and chokeberries.

Fun fact: Male Scarlet Tanagers have singing battles which sometimes spill over into actual fighting.

4. Common Yellowthroat

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Common Yellowthroats are frequently spotted in West Virginia during the breeding season. They appear in 22% of summer checklists for the state.

Common Yellowthroats are small songbirds that are brownish on the back and bright yellow underneath, with long tails. The males have black masks across their faces.The brightness of the yellow can vary geographically, and they may be more olive in parts underneath.

  • Geothlypis trichas
  • Length: 4.3-5.1 in (11-13 cm)
  • Weight: 0.3-0.3 oz (9-10 g)
  • Wingspan: 5.9-7.5 in (15-19 cm)

Common Yellowthroats spend the summer breeding over most of North America, except Alaska and northern Canada. Some remain all year along the Gulf Coast and Pacific Southwest. Then, they migrate south for winter.

You can find Common Yellowthroats often in marshy or wetland areas and brushy fields living in thick, tangled vegetation.

Common Yellowthroat Song:

Nests of Common Yellowthroats are built by females near the ground in marshy areas and supported by reeds. The nest is made from grass and sedges supported on a platform of leaves and grass. They lay up to six eggs which take around twelve days to hatch and the same for the young to leave the nest.

Attract Common Yellowthroats to large backyards with dense vegetation and native plants to attract insects.

Fun Fact: The black mask of Common Yellowthroats is a sign to courting males that that bird is male, and they attack when fake birds are used, but they do not attack when the bird has no mask.

5. Yellow-rumped Warbler

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Yellow-rumped Warblers are mainly during winter in West Virginia, but some can be spotted in the east of the state during the breeding season.

However, their numbers increase during the fall migration in October, and they occur in 24% of checklists at this time.

Yellow-rumped Warblers are gray with flashes of yellow on the face, sides, and rump and white in the wings.

Females may be slightly brown, and winter birds are paler brown with bright yellow rumps and sides turning bright yellow and gray again in spring.

  • Setophaga coronata
  • Length: 4.7-5.5 in (12-14 cm)
  • Weight: 0.4-0.5 oz (12-13 g)
  • Wingspan: 7.5-9.1 in (19-23 cm)

Yellow-rumped Warblers breed predominantly in Canada and parts of the Rockies and the Appalachian mountains.

They can be seen in the Midwest during migration before overwintering in southern and southwestern US states and the Pacific Coast, and into Mexico and Central America.

You can find Yellow-rumped Warblers in coniferous forests, especially during the breeding season. During winter, they can be found in open areas with fruiting shrubs. In summer, they eat mostly insects and on migration, and in winter, they eat mostly fruit, including bayberry and wax myrtle.

Yellow-rumped Warbler Song:

Nests of Yellow-rumped Warblers are made by females in conifer trees from twigs, pine needles, and grass and lined with soft grass, moss, and hair. They lay up to six eggs which take around two weeks to hatch and a further two weeks to leave the nest.

Attract Yellow-rumped Warblers to your backyard with sunflower seeds, suet, raisins, and peanut butter.

Fun Fact: Yellow-rumped Warblers form flocks numbering thousands in the winter, and they can be aggressive to any other species getting too close.

6. Black-throated Green Warbler

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Black-throated Green Warblers are spotted in West Virginia during summer from mid-March to October and appear in 14% of checklists at this time.

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Black-throated Green Warblers are small yellow songbirds with a yellow face and head and olive-yellow back. They have black streaking on the sides and wings and are whitish underneath. Males have large black patches on their throats, but on females and juveniles, this is smaller.

  • Setophaga virens
  • Length: 4.3-4.7 in (11-12 cm)
  • Weight: 0.3-0.4 oz (7-11 g)
  • Wingspan: 6.7-7.9 in (17-20 cm)

Black-throated Green Warblers can mostly be seen during their long migration over the eastern US up to their breeding grounds in northeastern US states and Canada. Their winter grounds are in Mexico, northern South America, and the Caribbean.

You can find Black-throated Green Warblers high up in forests eating insects, and their black throat is an easier way to tell them apart from other small yellow birds.

Black-throated Green Warblers song:

Nests of Black-throated Green Warblers are in small trees and close to the truck. The nest is made from twigs and bark woven together with spiders’ webs and lined with animal hair, moss, and feathers. They lay around four eggs, which take twelve days to hatch and an additional ten days for the young to leave the nest.

Attract Black-throated Green Warblers to your backyard with mature trees.

Fun Fact: Male Black-throated Green Warblers can sing over 400 times in an hour and perform a ‘gloating’ flight when they have chased off rivals.

7. American Redstart Female

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American Redstarts are spotted in West Virginia mainly from April to October. They are recorded in 16% of summer checklists for the state.

Male American Redstarts are mostly black with bright orange patches and a white belly. Females are olive-gray instead of black and have lots of yellow patches.

  • Setophaga ruticilla
  • Length: 4.3-5.1 in (11-13 cm)
  • Weight: 0.2-0.3 oz (6-9 g)
  • Wingspan: 6.3-7.5 in (16-19 cm)

American Redstarts breed in eastern US states and Canada and into northwestern US states. They may also be seen during migration in central and western US states.

You can find American Redstarts in deciduous woodlands eating insects and also in backyards and thickets eating berries such as serviceberry and magnolia.

American Redstart song: Their song drops in pitch at the end.

Nests of American Redstarts are close to the trunk in trees or large shrubs and are made from bark, grass, and other plant material. They lay up to five eggs which take just under two weeks to hatch and a week or two for the young to leave the nest.

Attract American Redstarts to your backyard with berry plants such as magnolia and serviceberry.

Fun Fact: American Redstart parents only feed certain chicks each rather than feeding them all.

8. Eastern Meadowlark

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Eastern Meadowlarks are near-threatened species in West Virginia, and although they can be spotted here all year, they are most common from March to July. They are recorded in around 10% of summer checklists and 1% of winter checklists for the state.

Eastern Meadowlarks are medium-sized songbirds that are bright yellow underneath and pale brown with black marks on the back. They have a distinctive black band across the chest.

  • Sturnella magna
  • Length: 7.5-10.2 in (19-26 cm)
  • Weight: 3.2-5.3 oz (90-150 g)
  • Wingspan: 13.8-15.8 in (35-40 cm)

Eastern Meadowlarks are found across eastern US states all year, but they will also breed in the Northeast and Canada before migrating south.

Spring in the East has arrived when the Eastern Meadowlark starts singing and putting on a display, but unfortunately, they are now classed as near-threatened.

You can find Eastern Meadowlarks on the ground in grasslands and prairies, eating insects. They gather in large flocks in fields in winter, looking for seeds.

Eastern Meadowlark sounds: They make flute-like whistles that are clear and melodious.

Nests of Eastern Meadowlarks are on the ground and can be pretty amazing constructions and include tunnels and roofs made of woven grasses.

Fun fact: Eastern Meadowlarks can sing more than 100 songs

9. Baltimore Oriole Female

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Baltimore Orioles are usually seen during the breeding season in West Virginia from mid-April to September, and they appear in 16% of summer checklists.

Baltimore Orioles are a colorful sign of spring in the east of North America. The adult males are bright orange and black with white wing bars on the black wings.

Females are yellowish underneath and on the head and grayish-brown on the wings, their backs or brownish-yellow. They are about the size of a Robin but more slender and are members of the blackbird family.

  • Icterus galbula
  • Length: 6.7-7.5 in (17-19 cm)
  • Weight: 1.1-1.4 oz (30-40 g)
  • Wingspan: 9.1-11.8 in (23-30 cm)

Baltimore Orioles breed in Eastern and Central States, including central-southern Canadian provinces and along the southern border with the US.

Baltimore Orioles then migrate to Florida, Central America, and the Caribbean for winter, leaving as early as July.

Baltimore Orioles can be found high up in open woodland, riverbanks, and forest edges foraging for insects and fruit, and they often come to parks and backyards.

Their diet is insects such as beetles, crickets, grasshoppers, spiders, and snails. They also help eat pest species and eat a wide variety of fruits, but they can damage crops such as raspberries, mulberries, cherries, bananas, and oranges.

Baltimore Oriole sounds: The flute-like sound of Baltimore Orioles is one of the joys of spring. They also make chattering and sharp alarm calls.

Attract Baltimore Orioles to your backyard with oranges cut in half on a platform feeder or hanging them from trees. Also, try oriole feeders filled with sugar water.Planting some fruiting plants and nectar plants such as raspberries, crab apples, and trumpet vines should also attract them.

Fun fact: Baltimore Orioles make incredible hanging bag-like nests woven from fibers.

10. Yellow Warbler

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Yellow Warblers spend summer in West Virginia and occur in 15% of checklists during this time. They are mainly seen from April to September, but a few stay until mid-November.

Yellow Warblers are small bright yellow birds with a yellow-green back, and the males have chestnut streaks on the breast. Females and juveniles are not as bright as males.

  • Setophaga petechia
  • Length: 4.7-5.1 in (12-13 cm)
  • Weight: 0.3-0.4 oz (9-11 g)
  • Wingspan: 6.3-7.9 in (16-20 cm)

Yellow Warblers migrate a long distance to breed in Canada and the US, except for southeastern states, before heading back into Central and South America for winter. However, they can be seen during migration in southeastern US states.

You can find Yellow Warblers along streams and wetlands in thickets and along the edges of fields foraging for insects, including caterpillars, midges, beetles, bugs, and wasps.

Yellow Warbler Song:

Nests of Yellow Warblers are in small trees or shrubs and made from bark, grass, and plant material woven together and secured with spider webs to form a cup. It is then lined with softer material such as hair, feathers, and plant down.

They lay up to seven eggs which take around twelve days to hatch and a further ten days for the young to leave the nest.

Attract Yellow Warblers to your backyard with suet, oranges, peanut butter, and plants with berries. Also, plant native plants that attract insects without pesticides or being too tidy!Also, try birdbaths with fountains near secluded planting to provide protection.

Fun Fact: Cowbirds often lay their eggs in Yellow Warblers’ nests, and if detected, then the Yellow Warblers build a new nest on top of the old nest and eggs and start again – up to six times!

11. Hooded Warbler

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Hooded Warblers breed in West Virginia and are spotted here from April until October. They appear in 12% of summer checklists.

Male Hooded Warblers have a bright yellow face with a distinctive black hood and throat. They are yellow underneath and olive-green above. They are white under their tail, which is visible when they flick their tails up.

Females and immature are more yellow and without the black face markings.

  • Setophaga citrina
  • Length: 5.1 in (13 cm)
  • Weight: 0.3-0.4 oz (9-12 g)
  • Wingspan: 6.9 in (17.5 cm)

Hooded Warblers breed in eastern US states before heading south into Central America and the Caribbean for winter.

You can find Hooded Warblers in forests with dense understories to hunt for insects and spiders.

Hooded Warbler song:

Nests of Hooded Warblers are near forests and clearings and built in shrubs from bark, grass, and plant material woven into a cup. They lay around four eggs, which take twelve days to hatch and a further nine days for the young to leave the nest.

Attract Hooded Warblers to your backyard with native shrubs and plants that attract insects and provide protection.

Fun Fact: Hooded Warblers have white spots on their tails which is thought to startle insects so they can catch them more easily.

12. Yellow-throated Warbler

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Yellow-throated Warblers are usually spotted in West Virginia during the breeding season from mid-March to mid-October and appear in 9% of summer checklists.

Yellow-throated Warblers have gray and white bodies with black stripes and bright yellow throats. They have white bellies and tails when looking from below. Females and juveniles are paler.

  • Setophaga dominica
  • Length: 5.1-5.5 in (13-14 cm)
  • Weight: 0.3-0.4 oz (9-11 g)
  • Wingspan: 8.3 in (21 cm)

Yellow-throated Warblers breed across the southeastern US states and spend winter in Florida, the Caribbean, and along the Gulf Coast into Central America. Some birds may remain resident all year in Florida.

You can find Yellow-throated Warblers usually at the top of pine trees looking for insects, but they may forage lower down during migration.

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Yellow-throated Warbler song:

Nests of Yellow-throated Warblers are built in Spanish moss hanging from the branches of trees. They make a pocket in the moss and create a nest from grasses, weeds, and moss woven into a cup. They lay around four eggs which take up to two weeks to hatch.

Attract Yellow-throated Warblers to your backyard with native plants and wild and unkept areas of your yard.

Fun Fact: Yellow-throated Warblers are one of the few birds that have increased in number in recent years. Originally their numbers declined, and their range shrank, but they have increased 50% since 1966.

13. White-eyed Vireo

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White-eyed Vireos spend the breeding season in West Virginia and are mainly spotted from mid-March to October. They occur in 7% of summer checklists for the state.

White-eyed Vireos have a gray head with yellow around their forehead and white eyes. Their chests and throats are white, and they have yellow sides, greenish backs with darker wings, and two white wingbars.

  • Vireo griseus
  • Length: 4.3-5.1 in (11-13 cm)
  • Weight: 0.3-0.5 oz (10-14 g)
  • Wingspan: 6.7 in (17 cm)

White-eyed Vireos spend the summer across the southeastern United States, hidden in thickets out of sight. Those near the coast remain all year. They winter along the southeast coast of Mexico and the Caribbean.

You can find White-eyed Vireos in overgrown pastures and brambles, feeding on insects, flies, and spiders. In winter, they also eat berries.

White-eyed Vireo song:

Nests of White-eyed Vireos hang from branches in shrubs. They use spiders’ webs to make the initial shape and stick leaves, bark, and plant material to it to form a hanging cup.

They lay around four eggs which take two weeks to hatch and ten days for the young to leave the nest.

Fun Fact: Both male and female White-eyed Vireos sing in winter, but in spring and summer, only the males sing, and oh boy, does he sing from dawn until lunchtime.

14. Yellow-throated Vireo

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Yellow-throated Vireos are spotted in West Virginia from April to October and are recorded in 9% of summer checklists.

Yellow-throated Vireoes are bright yellow and gray birds with olive-colored heads. Their throats and chest are bright yellow, and they have white bellies and grayish-brown backs with white streaks.

  • Vireo flavifrons
  • Length: 5.1-5.9 in (13-15 cm)
  • Weight: 0.5-0.7 oz (15-21 g)
  • Wingspan: 9.1 in (23 cm)

Yellow-throated Vireos breed in eastern US states and spend the winter in Central and South America and the Caribbean.

You can spot Yellow-throated Vireos in mixed woodland hunting for insects and sometimes berries.

Yellow-throated Vireos song:

Nests of Yellow-throated Vireos are hanging cups built high up in trees. The cup is attached to a fork in a tree and made from bark, grass, pine needles, and other plant material held together and attached with spider webs and insect silk.

They lay around four eggs which take about two weeks to hatch and a further two weeks for the young to leave the nest.

Fun Fact: Male Yellow-throated Vireos place little piles of twigs in several locations, and when females arrive, they pretend to build nests hoping to attract the females.

15. Orchard Oriole Female

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Orchard Orioles can be seen in West Virginia during the breeding season and occur in 9% of summer checklists. They are spotted here from April, and they start to migrate in September.

Orchard Orioles females are greenish-yellow overall, paler underneath and darker on the back, with darker wings and white wingbars.

Males look very different with very bold coloring. They have black heads and backs and reddish undersides.

  • Icterus spurius
  • Length: 5.9-7.1 in (15-18 cm)
  • Weight: 0.6-1.0 oz (16-28 g)
  • Wingspan: 9.8 in (25 cm)

In summer, Orchard Orioles breed in the eastern half of the United States before migrating south to Mexico and Central America.

Preferring open woodland, Orchard Orioles can also be found along river banks and open shrubland and farms as well as backyards. They build hanging pouch-like nests.

Their diet is mostly insects such as ants, caterpillars, beetles, and grasshoppers, as well as spiders. They will also drink nectar from flowers and eat fruit such as mulberries and chokeberries.

Orchard Oriole sounds: They make a jumbled series of whistles that lasts about 3 to 4 seconds.

Nests of Orchard Orioles are a cup made from long grasses suspended from small branches of trees. They lay 4 – 6 eggs, which take about two weeks to hatch.

Attract Orchard Orioles to your yard with hummingbird feeders or platform feeders with cut oranges or mango.Also, plant native berry plants such as mulberries or chokeberries.

Fun fact: Orchard Orioles are the smallest species of blackbird in North America

16. Magnolia Warbler

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Magnolia Warblers can be spotted in West Virginia during summer from April until October, but they are most common during the fall migration in September and occur in 15% of checklists at this time.

Magnolia Warblers males are black on the back and yellow underneath. They have black streaking forming a ‘necklace’ on their necks and down over their bellies. Females are grayer on the back and lack the distinctive streaking down the belly.

  • Setophaga magnolia
  • Length: 4.3-5.1 in (11-13 cm)
  • Weight: 0.2-0.5 oz (6-15 g)
  • Wingspan: 6.3-7.9 in (16-20 cm)

Magnolia Warblers breed across Canada and northeastern US states. They can be seen during migration in the eastern US. They spend the winter in Central America and the Caribbean.

You can find Magnolia Warblers on low branches in forests or parks, so it’s easier to spot them during migration. Their diet is insects and spiders.

Magnolia Warbler song:

Nests of Magnolia Warblers are a loose construction of grass and weeds built close to the trunk of conifer trees. They lay around four eggs that take about twelve days to hatch and a further nine days for the young to leave the nest.

Attract Magnolia Warblers to your backyard with native shrubs and trees for them to rest in during migration.

Fun Fact: Magnolia Warblers show off the white spots on their tails to attract females and to warn off rivals.

17. Pine Warbler

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Pine Warblers can be spotted in West Virginia from March to October. They appear in 2% of summer checklists for the state.

Pine Warblers are small plump yellow birds with olive backs, white lower bellies, and gray wingbars.Females can appear browner and have more white on the belly.

  • Setophaga pinus
  • Length: 5.1-5.5 in (13-14 cm)
  • Weight: 0.3-0.5 oz (9-15 g)
  • Wingspan: 7.5-9.1 in (19-23 cm)

Pine Warblers breed in northeastern US states before heading to southeastern US states. Some remain all year in southeastern US states.

You can find Pine Warblers in pine forests, as their name would suggest, often high up in the trees. They eat caterpillars, beetles, spiders, and other insects and larvae, and when the weather is colder, they will eat fruit and seeds.

Pine Warbler Song:

Nests of Pine Warblers are, as you would expect, in pine trees! They are made from twigs, bark, pine needles, and grass, bound with spider silk and lined with feathers and animal hair. They lay up to five eggs which take up to two weeks to hatch and another ten days for the young to leave the nest.

Attract Pine Warblers to your yard with tube feeders and platform feeders with millet, cracked corn, sunflower seeds, peanut hearts, and suet.Also, plant native fruits and vines such as bayberry, grape, sumac, and Virginia creeper.

Fun Fact: Pine Warblers are one of the only warblers to eat seeds mainly, and so you are more likely to see them at backyard feeders.

18. Blue-winged Warbler

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Blue-winged Warblers are spotted in West Virginia from April to September and appear in 3% of summer checklists.

Blue-winged Warblers are named for the bluish-gray color of their wings. Adults are yellow-green on top, with a black eye line extending from their long bill across the eye, making them look angry.

Their breast and belly are mostly bright yellow, with females having a slightly paler shade but, more often, indistinguishable from the males. Adults have two white wing bars while juveniles have them too, but they’re so thin, they’re almost invisible.

  • Vermivora cyanoptera
  • Length: 4.75 inches (12 cm)
  • Weight: 0.3 oz (9 g)
  • Wingspan: 6.75 – 7.5 inches (17 – 19 cm)

Blue-winged Warblers breed in eastern US states, except southern states, but they can be spotted here during their migration to Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean for winter.

You can find Blue-winged warblers in abandoned, brushy fields and pastures, forest edges, and thickets. They usually settle in higher elevation areas with a lot of grass and canopy cover.

Blue-winged Warblers feed on insects and spiders they find in various plants and trees. They will even hang upside down from tree branches to check under leaves for insect larvae to feed their young.

Blue-winged Warbler Song:

Nests of Blue-winged Warblers are often found on the ground, in thick bushes, or in the undergrowth. Nests are cup-shaped and made of dead leaves. The female lays four to seven eggs, taking about 12 days to incubate.

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Fun Fact: Blue-winged Warblers often hybridize with Golden-winged Warblers to produce Brewster’s and Lawrence’s Warblers.

19. Palm Warbler

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Palm Warblers are mostly spotted in West Virginia during migration from April to May and from September to October.

The palm warbler has a rusty red patch on the top of its head and is a browny-olive color over the rest of its body. They breed in Canada, but they can be found in eastern states during the migration and all year along the far south coast and Florida.

  • Setophaga palmarum
  • Length: 4.7-5.5 in (12-14 cm)
  • Weight: 0.3-0.5 oz (7-13 g)
  • Wingspan: 7.9-8.3 in (20-21 cm)

Palm Warblers breed predominantly in Canada and can be seen during migration in eastern US states. Some winter in Florida and along the southeastern coast.

You can spot Palm Warblers mainly during the spring and fall migration in weedy fields, forest edges, and scrubby areas. They are often found foraging along the ground for insects, mixed in with other birds such as Sparrows, Juncos, and Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Palm Warbler song:

Nests of Palm Warblers are in bogs and boreal forests on the ground and are made from grass, sedge, and ferns woven into a cup shape and lined with soft grass, feathers, and animal hair. They lay around five eggs.

Attract Palm Warblers to your backyard by planting native plants that attract insects and also plant bayberry or hawthorn for their berries.

Fun Fact: Unlike most warblers, Palm Warblers usually walk on the ground bobbing their tails while looking for insects.

20. Cape May Warbler

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Cape May Warblers are mainly spotted in West Virginia during spring and fall migration.

Male Cape May Warblers have distinctive heads with chestnut cheeks, dark caps and are framed in a ring of yellow around the neck. They are mottled yellow-olive above and yellow with dark streaks below.

The tiger stripes on the Cape May Warblers chest and unusual dark crown set this warbler apart from other warblers. Female and immature Cape May Warblers are less bright and lack the head coloring of the males.

  • Setophaga tigrina
  • Length: 4.7-5.1 in (12-13 cm)
  • Weight: 0.4-0.5 oz (10.2-15.2 g)
  • Wingspan: 7.9-8.7 in (20-22 cm)

Cape May Warblers migrate to breeding grounds in Canada, passing over eastern US states. They spend the winter in the Caribbean and a narrow band of the coast on the Yucatan Peninsula and Central America.

You can find Cape May Warblers in spruce forests in their breeding grounds. However, during migration, they can be spotted in any habitat, especially near the edges of woods and scrub, where they can find the most insects.

They feed mainly on spruce budworm in summer, but in winter, they will eat fruit andnectar,and they will usehummingbird feeders.

Cape May Warbler song:

Nests of Cape May Warblers are built high up in spruce trees and near the truck. The nest is made from twigs, pine needles, and bark formed into a cup lined with animal hair, feathers, and other soft plant material. They lay up to nine eggs.

Attract Cape May Warblers to your backyard with native shrubs and trees that attract insects, and they may come for fruit and hummingbird feeders.

Fun Fact: Cape May Warblers have specially shaped tongues used for lapping up nectar; it is curled to form a tube shape.

21. Prairie Warbler

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Prairie Warblers live in West Virginia mainly from April to September and occur in 2% of summer checklists.

Prairie Warblers are small songbirds that are olive green on the back and yellow on the throat and belly. They have black streaks on the sides and a dark semicircle under the eye. Female Prairie Warblers are duller in color.

  • Setophaga discolor
  • Length: 4.3 in (11 cm)
  • Weight: 0.2-0.3 oz (6.4-8.8 g)

Prairie Warblers breed in eastern and southeastern US states and spend the winter in Florida and the Caribbean and some coastal areas in Central America.

Some remain all year in Florida and are considered separate subspecies, but they are slightly larger.

Although they are called prairie warblers, they actually live in fields and forests where they eat insects, spiders, and snails. You can spot them bobbing their tails while moving along branches looking for food.

Prairie Warbler Song: They have a distinctive rising song.

Nests of Prairie Warblers are hidden in trees and shrubs and made from plant material and leaves and lined with soft feathers and fur. They lay up to five eggs, which take about two weeks to hatch and around ten days for the young to leave the nest.

Fun Fact: Male Prairie Warblers sing two songs, one that is to attract females and one that is to scare off other males.

22. Canada Warbler

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Canada Warblers are spotted in West Virginia from mid-April to September and appear in 2% of summer checklists.

Canada Warblers are similar in appearance to the Magnolia Warbler and have a similar range. However, they are grayish-black on the back, and the black ‘necklace’ in the males, does not extend over the belly, only over the chest. They have yellow chests, bellies, and throats.

Females and immatures are similar but paler on the back and with a less prominent ‘necklace.’

  • Cardellina canadensis
  • Length: 4.7-5.9 in (12-15 cm)
  • Weight: 0.3-0.5 oz (9-13 g)
  • Wingspan: 6.7-8.7 in (17-22 cm)

Canada Warblers breed in Canada and northeastern US states, but they can also be seen during migration across the eastern half of the US. They winter in western South America.

You can find Canada Warblers in rhododendron-filled conifer forests or aspen and poplar forests, foraging for insects and spiders. They are difficult to find as their numbers have been declining.

Canada Warbler song:

Nests of Canada Warblers are built near the ground in shrubs or ferns and woven into a cup from grass, bark, leaves, and other plant material. They lay up to six eggs, which take about twelve days to hatch and a further eight days for the young to leave the nest.

Fun Fact: Canada Warblers are flying machines that travel over 3000 miles each way from their winter to summer grounds.

23. Nashville Warbler

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Nashville Warblers are spotted in West Virginia, but they have been spotted here during migration, especially in May and from September to October.

Nashville Warblers are mostly yellow underneath but with white lower bellies. They have a greenish-yellow back and gray head with a white eyering. Females and juveniles are less bright than males.

  • Leiothlypis ruficapilla
  • Length: 4.3-5.1 in (11-13 cm)
  • Weight: 0.2-0.5 oz (6.7-13.9 g)
  • Wingspan: 6.7-7.9 in (17-20 cm)

Nashville Warblers breed in northeastern US states and Canada, and there is a smaller population in northwestern US states and into British Columbia. They can also be seen during migration in most US states. They spend the winter mainly in Mexico.

You can find Nashville Warblers in scrubby habitats and low deciduous forests hunting for insects.

Nashville Warbler song:

Nests of Nashville Warblers are hidden in shrubs close to the ground. The nest is built from bark, grass, and moss woven into a cup lined with softer material. They lay around four eggs which take about twelve days to hatch and ten days for the young to leave the nest.

Attract Nashville Warblers to your backyard in winter in southern US states with suet.

Fun Fact: Nashville Warbles migrate along the Atlantic Coast in their first year but only migrate inland after that.

24. Summer Tanager Female

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Summer Tanagers are spotted in West Virginia during the breeding season from mid-April and start to migrate in October. They are recorded in 1% of checklists at this time.

Summer Tanager males are bright red birds with large chunky beaks. Females and juveniles are mainly yellow with hints of green on their backs.

  • Piranga rubra
  • Length: 6.7 in (17 cm)
  • Weight: 1.1 oz (30 g)

Summer Tanagers breed in southern and eastern states before heading to Central and South America for winter.

You can find Summer Tanagers in open woodlands, and they feed on bees and wasps in mid-flight. They catch them and kill them by beating them against a branch and rubbing the stinger off before eating them.

Summer Tanager Song:

Nests of Summer Tanagers are made by the females from grass and other plant material towards the end of overhanging branches. The nest is not very well constructed, but they hold around four eggs. The eggs hatch in about ten days, and the young take another ten days to leave the nest.

Attract Summer Tanagers to your backyard with berry bushes and fruit trees.

Fun fact: Young Scarlet Tanagers are fed by their parents for another three weeks after leaving the nest, as they cannot fly very well for a few more weeks.

25. Evening Grosbeak

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Evening Grosbeaks are vulnerable species in West Virginia, but they are spotted here during winter, mainly from November to mid-May.

Evening Grosbeaks are chunky birds with big bills and a striking yellow and black pattern. Adult males have a bright yellow stripe over their eyes, making them look fierce. Their heads are black, with gray necks, and their chest and belly are yellow. They also have a white patch on their wings.

Females and juvenile males have greenish bills, mostly gray bodies, black and white wings, and a yellow tinge to the neck.

  • Hesperiphona vespertina
  • Length: 16 to 22 cm (6.3 to 8.7 in)
  • Weight: 38.7 to 86.1 g (1.37 to 3.04 oz)
  • Wingspan: 30 to 36 cm (12 to 14 in)

Evening Grosbeaks remain all year in southern Canada and down the west coast to northern California. However, when cone crops are poor, they will migrate south to most US states.

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You can find Evening Grosbeaks in forests and mountain regions. During the winter, they’re often attracted to bird feeders in backyards, most often because it’s an easy food supply.

Evening Grosbeaks naturally feed on flower buds during spring; insect larvae from treetops during the summer; and in the winter, they flock to backyard feeders or feast on seeds, berries, and small fruit.

Evening Grosbeak Song:

Nests of Evening Grosbeaks are usually found up to 100 feet above ground in pine trees. The nests are loosely made, composed of twigs, rootlets, grass, moss, and pine needles. There are usually up to five eggs laid by the female, and she incubates them for two weeks until they hatch.

Attract Evening Grosbeaks to your backyard during winter with sunflower seeds, berries, and maple buds.

Fun Fact: Evening Grosbeaks have such powerful bills that they can crush seeds that are too hard to open for other smaller birds, so these birds hang around to eat whatever is left behind.

26. Prothonotary Warbler

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Prothonotary Warblers are not very common in West Virginia, but they have been spotted here from April to September.

Prothonotary Warblers are bright yellow with blue-gray wings and tails. They are large for Warblers and have thick black beaks, and are white under their tails. Females are less bright than males.

  • Protonotaria citrea
  • Length: 5.1 in (13 cm)
  • Weight: 0.44 oz (12.5 g)
  • Wingspan: 8.75 in (22 cm)

Prothonotary Warblers breed in eastern US states, and they spend the winter in Mexico and down to northern South America.

You can find Prothonotary Warblers near streams and wet woodlands foraging for spiders, insects, and snails. In winter, they will also eat fruit and seeds.

Prothonotary Warblers song:

Nests of Prothonotary Warblers use abandoned woodpecker nest holes in trees that are near water. Males place moss in the hole, and then the female makes a cup-shaped nest from grass and leaves, and other plant material.

They lay up to seven eggs which take about two weeks to hatch and an additional ten days for the young to leave the nest.

Attract Prothonotary Warblers to your backyard with a nest box if you live near wet areas.

Fun Fact: Prothonotaries are the bright yellow robes worn by members of the Roman Catholic church, and that is how the Prothonotary Warblers got their name.

27. Wilson’s Warbler

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Although not very common here, Wilson’s Warblers are spotted migrating across West Virginia, especially in May and September.

Wilson’s Warblers are tiny round yellow warblers with a large black cap in the males and a smaller black cap in females.

  • Cardellina pusilla
  • Length: 3.9-4.7 in (10-12 cm)
  • Weight: 0.2-0.3 oz (5-10 g)
  • Wingspan: 5.5-6.7 in (14-17 cm)

Wilson’s Warblers breed in Canada, Alaska, and northwestern US states but can also be seen across all US states during migration.They winter in Mexico and Central America.

You can find Wilson’s Warblers along streams in thickets and near forest edges foraging for insects and their larvae and spiders.

Wilson’s Warblers song:

Nests of Wilson’s Warblers are well hidden on the ground near trees or shrubs and made from leaves and sedges for the base. Grass, bark, moss, and plant material are woven into a cup shape and lined with soft grass and animal hair. They lay around five eggs which take about eleven days to hatch and an additional ten days for the young to leave the nest.

Attract Wilson’s Warblers to your backyard with native trees and shrubs, but they do not visit feeders.

Fun Fact: Wilson’s Warblers distract potential nest predators by pretending to have a broken wing and drawing the predator away before flying off.

28. Dickcissel

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Dickcissels are occasionally spotted in West Virginia during summer.

The male Dickcissel is a striking, chunky bird with its identifiable black throat patch and yellow chest. The yellow eyebrow line is stark against their grayish head. The female also has the same markings but with a slightly paler or duller tone. However, she does not have a black throat patch, and there is only a faint hint of the yellow chest.

  • Spiza americana
  • Length: 5.5-6.3 in (14-16 cm)
  • Weight: 0.9-1.4 oz (25.6-38.4 g)
  • Wingspan: 9.8-10.2 in (24.8-26 cm)

Dickcissels breed in the Central and Great Plains of the US before migrating to Mexico, Central America, and northern South America.

You can find Dickcissel in meadows and prairies, tall grasslands, light-grazed pastures, and roadsides.

Dickcissel feed on insects and seeds. In the summer, they feed on grasshoppers, caterpillars, beetles, and crickets. At other times of the year, they may feed on seeds, weeds, grasses, and cultivated grain.

Dickcissel Song:

Nests of Dickcissel can be found in thick but small shrubs, grasses, and trees, up to four feet high. The bulky nests are made out of weeds, grass, and leaves and made soft by fine grass and animal hair. The female may lay up to six eggs that hatch in two weeks. The young are ready to fly after around ten days.

Fun fact: When it’s time to migrate during the fall, the Dickcissels come together, and their numbers can reach from thousands to millions when they reach their winter grounds.

29. Orange-crowned Warbler

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Orange-crowned Warblers are not often seen in West Virginia, but you might spot some migrating across the state.

Orange-crowned Warblers are not as brightly colored as other warblers with their yellow-olive coloring, which is more yellow on the Pacific Coast. Their orange crown is rarely seen.

  • Leiothlypis celata
  • Length: 4.3-5.5 in (11-14 cm)
  • Weight: 0.3-0.4 oz (7-11 g)
  • Wingspan: 7.5 in (19 cm)

Orange-crowned Warblers breed in Canada and western US states before migrating to the Pacific, East and Gulf Coasts, and Mexico. They can also be seen during migration in all US states, except the northeastern.

You can find Orange-crowned Warblers in shrubs and low vegetation, but they breed in open woodland. Their diet consists mainly of spiders and insects such as caterpillars and flies.They will also eat fruit, berries, and seeds and regularly visit backyard feeders.

Orange-crowned Warbler Song:

Nests of Orange-crowned Warblers are near to or on the ground and made from dead leaves, twigs, and stems and then lined with soft grass and animal hair. They lay up to six eggs.

Attract Orange-crowned Warblers to your yard with suet and peanut butter or hummingbird feeders filled with sugar water nectar.

Fun Fact: Orange-crowned Warblers will drink from the sapwells of sapsuckers and woodpeckers.

30. Yellow-headed Blackbird

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Yellow-headed Blackbirds are not often seen in West Virginia, but there have been some occasional recorded sightings in the state during summer.

Yellow-headed Blackbirds are striking birds with glossy black bodies, bright yellow heads and chests, and white patches on the wings in males. Females are brown instead of black, and the yellow head is duller. They are larger than the Red-winged Blackbird.

  • Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus
  • Length: 8.3-10.2 in (21-26 cm)
  • Weight: 1.6-3.5 oz (44-100 g)
  • Wingspan: 16.5-17.3 in (42-44 cm)

Yellow-headed Blackbirds breed in western and prairie wetlands and nest in the reeds. They forage over surrounding wetlands, grasslands, and fields, mostly for insects in the summer.

After breeding, Yellow-headed Blackbirds migrate to fields and farmland in Southwest states and Mexico for the winter in large flocks.

Yellow-headed Blackbirds feed on insects in summer and seeds and grains in winter.

Yellow-headed Blackbirds sounds: The screeching buzz at the end of a few more musical notes is very distinctive.

Nests of Yellow-headed Blackbirds are made from long wet stems weaved together and attached to cattails or reeds over the water. They lay 2 – 5 eggs taking about two weeks to hatch and another week or two before fledging.

Attract Yellow-headed Blackbirds to your yard with sunflower seeds.

Fun fact: Yellow-headed Blackbirds hunt for insects by flipping over stones to flush them out.

How Frequently Yellow Birds are Spotted in West Virginia in Summer and Winter

Checklists are a great resource to find out which birds are commonly spotted in your state. These lists show which yellow birds are most frequently recorded on checklists on ebird in summer and winter in West Virginia.

Yellow Birds in West Virginia in Summer:

American Goldfinch 43.1%
Scarlet Tanager 26.3%
Cedar Waxwing 22.6%
Common Yellowthroat 22.2%
Baltimore Oriole 16.8%
American Redstart 16.8%
Yellow Warbler 15.7%
Black-throated Green Warbler 14.4%
Hooded Warbler 12.2%
Eastern Meadowlark 10.3%
Orchard Oriole 9.6%
Yellow-throated Warbler 9.1%
Yellow-throated Vireo 9.1%
White-eyed Vireo 7.8%
Magnolia Warbler 6.3%
Yellow-rumped Warbler 5.9%
Blue-winged Warbler 3.8%
Canada Warbler 2.6%
Prairie Warbler 2.5%
Pine Warbler 2.2%
Summer Tanager 1.4%
Nashville Warbler 1.2%
Cape May Warbler 0.9%
Palm Warbler 0.7%
Prothonotary Warbler 0.6%
Wilson’s Warbler 0.3%
Dickcissel 0.2%
Evening Grosbeak 0.1%
Orange-crowned Warbler <0.1%
Yellow-headed Blackbird <0.1%

Yellow Birds in West Virginia in Winter:

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American Goldfinch 29.3%
Yellow-rumped Warbler 5.5%
Cedar Waxwing 2.5%
Eastern Meadowlark 1.0%
Evening Grosbeak 0.5%
Pine Warbler 0.1%
Palm Warbler 0.1%
Orange-crowned Warbler <0.1%
Common Yellowthroat <0.1%
Scarlet Tanager <0.1%
White-eyed Vireo <0.1%
Baltimore Oriole <0.1%
Nashville Warbler <0.1%
American Redstart <0.1%
Yellow-throated Warbler <0.1%
Cape May Warbler <0.1%
Dickcissel <0.1%
Yellow-headed Blackbird <0.1%

FAQs

What bird is bright yellow? ›

The American Goldfinch is the state bird of Washington. It is common throughout the lowlands of Washington, often coming to bird feeders. The male in breeding plumage is bright yellow with a black forehead, wings, and tail. He has one white wing-bar on each wing and white on his tail.

How many species of birds are in West Virginia? ›

West Virginia has more than 170 breeding species of birds. Many birds are only part-time residents of the state. Some birds only spend winters in West Virginia while some migratory birds can be observed only during the spring and summer.

Are there goldfinches in WV? ›

Range in West Virginia: American Goldfinches are year-round residents throughout West Virginia. Identification: This is a key species for comparing with an unknown bird. Size: Very small at about 5 inches from bill tip to tail tip. Similar in size to a chickadee.

What garden birds have a yellow breast? ›

Great tit. Not to be confused with the blue tit, the great tit is easily recognisable by its yellow breast, blue and green wings, and black and white head.

What kind of wild birds are yellow? ›

Yellow features prominently among certain groups of birds such as flycatchers, kingbirds, warblers, orioles and tanagers.
  • American Goldfinch. Scientific name: Spinus tristis. ...
  • Western Tanager. ...
  • Prairie Warbler. ...
  • Scott's Oriole. ...
  • Yellow Warbler. ...
  • Meadowlarks (Eastern & Western) ...
  • Black-throated Green Warbler. ...
  • Blue-winged Warbler.

What does it mean when a goldfinch visits you? ›

Goldfinches are symbolic of joy, hopefulness, and positivity. Their totem guides us to live our lives vicariously and enjoy all the little gifts of life that we usually seem to ignore. Amid our problems, we often forget to count our blessings.

What is the largest bird in WV? ›

The red-tailed hawk is the largest and most commonly seen hawk in West Virginia.

Who is the most famous person from West Virginia? ›

Famous West Virginians!
  • Hal Greer, professional basketball player.
  • Mary Lou Retton, professional gymnast.
  • Randy Moss, professional football player.
  • John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems.
  • George Preston Marshall, owner and president of the Washington Redskins.
  • Ted Cassidy, actor.
  • Jennifer Garner, actress.

What is WV known for? ›

Located in the Appalachian region, West Virginia has some of the most rugged land in the country. The state's rolling mountains, hills and valleys earned it the nickname of The Mountain State, and it is well-known for its range of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, skiing and whitewater rafting.

How long do house finches nest? ›

Young: Both parents feed nestlings. Young leave the nest about 12-15 days after hatching. Up to 3 broods per year, perhaps sometimes more.

Are there falcons in West Virginia? ›

Peregrine Falcons are birds of prey that can be found everywhere in West Virginia and are actually located on every continent except Antarctica. Because of their fondness of nesting on the sides of tall buildings, these raptors are common in cities where they can become quite the local celebrities!

Are there Catbirds in West Virginia? ›

Gray Catbirds are found throughout West Virginia only during spring and summer. You may be able to attract catbirds if you offer some fruits, berries, and other sweet things but they prefer to forage on the ground or in bushes for food.

What is the spiritual meaning of a yellow bird? ›

Yellow birds are known to symbolize joy, positivity, enthusiasm and liveliness. They are also a sign of good luck and fortune to come, freedom and power.

What is the name of a small yellow bird? ›

Goldfinches are the small yellow bird that made me fall in love with birdwatching!” says Sara Wunderlich. Here's how to attract more goldfinches to your backyard.

What bird is yellow with a black head? ›

American Goldfinch. The American Goldfinch is a winter season resident in New Hanover and surrounding counties. In their breeding plumage, the male is an unmistakable bright yellow with black wings and a black spot on the top of his head.

What bird is bright yellow with black wings? ›

The American Goldfinch is the state bird of Washington. It is common throughout the lowlands of Washington, often coming to bird feeders. The male in breeding plumage is bright yellow with a black forehead, wings, and tail. He has one white wing-bar on each wing and white on his tail.

What kind of small bird has a yellow breast? ›

Lesser Goldfinch

Lesser Goldfinches are tiny bright yellow and black songbirds with long pointed wings and short notched tails. They are darker on the back and with yellow bellies and chests.

What is the difference between a yellow finch and a goldfinch? ›

Juveniles and female goldfinches are less colorful. In winter, males have a dark bill and dull yellow body feathers. One other way to tell the difference between a yellow warbler vs a goldfinch is that goldfinches have white patches under their tails.

What does it mean when you see a cardinal? ›

Cardinal Meaning and Symbolism

For many bird lovers, the sight of a cardinal holds special meaning, sometimes evoking emotional or spiritual feelings. They say the vibrant red bird is an uplifting, happy sign that those we have lost will live forever, so long as we keep their memory alive in our hearts.

Is a finch good luck? ›

In Native American traditions, finches are often associated with celebration and joy. They were regarded as Omens of good things to come. Additionally, the bright yellow feathers of the American Goldfinch we're associated with the might and spiritual power of the sun.

What does a goldfinch symbolize in the Bible? ›

A very general reading of the goldfinch might, therefore, remind the viewer that his soul is 'in the hands' of God. The bird could also be seen as a symbol of the Resurrection of Christ.

Are there golden eagles in West Virginia? ›

Golden Eagles are not spotted very often in West Virginia, and although there have been a couple of sightings here all year, they are more common during winter from November to March in the east of the state.

What kind of Falcons are in WV? ›

  • #1. Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
  • #2. American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
  • #3. Merlin (Falco columbarius)
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Are there Cranes in WV? ›

Soars on thermals and updrafts. Sandhill Crane: This large wading bird has a gray body, white cheeks, chin, and upper throat, and a bright red cap. It has a dark bill, yellow eyes and black legs and feet.
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What is the best place to live in West Virginia? ›

Bridgeport in Harrison County has been named the best place to live in West Virginia. It has A rankings in housing, good for families and jobs. It also has several A- in public schools and health & fitness. The lowest categories in Bridgeport are B- in crime & safety, nightlife, weather and commute.

What is the number 1 attraction in West Virginia? ›

1: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

This is one of the diverse West Virginia attractions with something for everyone, from fascinating museums and exhibitions to hiking areas and battlefields.

What are people from West Virginia called? ›

People who live in West Virginia are called West Virginians.

What is the most remote town in West Virginia? ›

Helvetia, West Virginia
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StateWest Virginia
CountyRandolph
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What is West Virginia famous food? ›

Pepperoni Rolls

This fall festival celebrates not only the area's rich Italian heritage, but West Virginia's official state food, the pepperoni roll. The pepperoni roll was developed by an Italian baker circa 1930 as an easy meal for coal miners to carry in their lunch pails, and it remains a popular snack today.

Is West Virginia rich or poor? ›

The rate varies widely from state to state, with most wealthy states having a poverty rate below 9%. In contrast, the nation's poorest state has a poverty rate twice that.
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Poorest States 2022.
StateMean Household Income
West Virginia$65,332
Arkansas$69,357
New Mexico$70,241
Alabama$71,964
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Do finches come back to the same nest every year? ›

Both male and female House Finch display a strong tendency to return to the same area to breed, often occupying the same nest site as the previous year.

Do finches mate for life? ›

Zebra Finches make the perfect subjects for such an investigation, because they're monogamous birds that often mate for life, sharing nesting and offspring rearing duties (though they're also known to enjoy an occasional midnight rendezvous with a sultry neighboring finch).

Where do the yellow finches nest? ›

The female builds the nest, usually in a shrub or sapling in a fairly open setting rather than in forest interior. The nest is often built high in a shrub, where two or three vertical branches join; usually shaded by clusters of leaves or needles from above, but often open and visible from below.

Are there Osprey in West Virginia? ›

According to the DNR, osprey usually begin returning to West Virginia in late March or early April. First-time pairs will build a nest, while established pairs usually add sticks to an old nest. The nests are typically constructed of sticks, aquatic vegetation, drift wood or any other material the osprey can gather.

Does WV have Ravens? ›

The common raven is an entirely black bird about the size of a hawk. It can be found in New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, as well as western Maryland and Virginia.

Are there sandpipers in WV? ›

The Least Sandpiper is the smallest shorebird in West Virginia!

Are orioles in WV? ›

Baltimore Orioles are the most commonly seen oriole in West Virginia. And luckily, these birds are relatively easy to attract to your bird feeders, as long as you use the foods they enjoy eating.

Are there loons in WV? ›

Common Loons are one of my FAVORITE water birds found in West Virginia. These gorgeous birds are insanely strong and fast swimmers and routinely catch fish in high-speed underwater chases.

Are catbirds related to orioles? ›

These are two very different birds. Orioles (males) are a vibrant showy orange, black, and white while catbirds are an understated slate gray all over with a dark cap and rust under the tail.

Which bird is a symbol of good luck? ›

Storks are symbols of good luck.

What does it mean when a yellow bird lands on your window? ›

They believe that this incidence is a warning sign that the person should prepare for difficult days. Other traditions believe that the bird hitting your window is just a messenger. Some believe the bird carries a goodwill message, while others believe it's a message of death.

What does it mean when a bird comes to your door? ›

They may be bringing a message from a loved one, but they could also mean that Spirit wants to hear from you. The Choctaw Tribe believe that seeing this bird is an omen that there will be, or needs to be a change in your relationship.

What does a yellow finch look like? ›

Adult males in spring and early summer are bright yellow with black forehead, black wings with white markings, and white patches both above and beneath the tail. Adult females are duller yellow beneath, olive above. Winter birds are drab, unstreaked brown, with blackish wings and two pale wingbars.

Is a yellow bird rare? ›

Yellow cardinals are rare, beautiful birds — and birders in Florida have reported a recent sighting of this uniquely colored cardinal. Through the years, occasional sightings of bright yellow cardinals have fascinated the internet.

What seeds do goldfinches prefer? ›

Although goldfinches will eat most small seeds, they love thistle (Nyjer) and sunflower seeds.

What kind of bird has yellow feathers with black tips? ›

American Goldfinch. Greg Gillson. Frequently, when people ask about a bird that is bright yellow and black, or a bird that is yellow with black wings, it is the American Goldfinch. It is not the only bird so colored, as you'll see below, but this species is common and widespread across the United States.

Which bird is yellow in Colour? ›

Indian golden oriole is the most commonly seen species of yellow bird found in India, The species was now considered a full species and there are two more oriole bird found in India named as black-hooded oriole and black-naped oriole.

What kind of bird is small yellow and black? ›

Basic Description. This handsome little finch, the state bird of New Jersey, Iowa, and Washington, is welcome and common at feeders, where it takes primarily sunflower and nyjer. Goldfinches often flock with Pine Siskins and Common Redpolls. Spring males are brilliant yellow and shiny black with a bit of white.

What does it mean if you see a yellow bird? ›

Yellow birds are known to symbolize joy, positivity, enthusiasm and liveliness. They are also a sign of good luck and fortune to come, freedom and power.

What does a yellow finch look like? ›

Adult males in spring and early summer are bright yellow with black forehead, black wings with white markings, and white patches both above and beneath the tail. Adult females are duller yellow beneath, olive above. Winter birds are drab, unstreaked brown, with blackish wings and two pale wingbars.

What is the difference between a yellow finch and a goldfinch? ›

Juveniles and female goldfinches are less colorful. In winter, males have a dark bill and dull yellow body feathers. One other way to tell the difference between a yellow warbler vs a goldfinch is that goldfinches have white patches under their tails.

What is a bright yellow bird like a budgie? ›

The cockatiel (/ˌkɒkəˈtiːl/; Nymphicus hollandicus), also known as weiro bird, or quarrion, is a medium-sized parrot that is a member of its own branch of the cockatoo family endemic to Australia. They are prized as household pets and companion parrots throughout the world and are relatively easy to breed.

Which bird is a symbol of good luck? ›

Storks are symbols of good luck.

What is an all yellow bird called? ›

American Goldfinch

Goldfinches are the small yellow bird that made me fall in love with birdwatching!” says Sara Wunderlich. Here's how to attract more goldfinches to your backyard.

What does it mean when a bird comes to your door? ›

They may be bringing a message from a loved one, but they could also mean that Spirit wants to hear from you. The Choctaw Tribe believe that seeing this bird is an omen that there will be, or needs to be a change in your relationship.

What kind of finches are yellow? ›

The American goldfinch is so beloved, it's the state bird of three states. It's an extremely common feeder bird, so if you have bird feeders, you are likely familiar with this vibrant bird already. In winter, the males molt into dull yellow plumage colors, so you might not realize they stick around all year.

Where do yellow finches go in the winter? ›

Most of these goldfinches migrate southward out of Canada in winter. They move to the United States, as far south as Florida, the Gulf Coast and the border with Mexico.

What bird is bright yellow with black wings? ›

The American Goldfinch is the state bird of Washington. It is common throughout the lowlands of Washington, often coming to bird feeders. The male in breeding plumage is bright yellow with a black forehead, wings, and tail. He has one white wing-bar on each wing and white on his tail.

Do goldfinches mate for life? ›

Do Finches and Hummingbirds Mate for Life? As for our common backyard birds, like goldfinches, chickadees and robins, marriage bonds are less committed. They often last for only one breeding season or for one nesting period.

How can you tell if a goldfinch is male or female? ›

There is very little difference between immatures and adults of each sex. Males have really black wings with bright wingbars and feather edges, while the females have duller brownish-black wings with buffy or brownish-white wingbars and edges.

How can you tell a pine siskin from a goldfinch? ›

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinches are slightly larger than Pine Siskins. Although they can show yellowish tones in winter, they never have the bold streaking on the breast and back that is a hallmark of the Pine Siskin.

What are all yellow budgies called? ›

Lutino Colors and Markings

The lutino has lush yellow feathers on its body and head but a paler yellow color on its tail and primary flight feathers. They typically also have silver-white cheek patches and red or pink eyes (their legs and bills also have a reddish tint).

What is the name of yellow parrot? ›

Yellow-faced parrot
Species:A. xanthops
Binomial name
Alipiopsitta xanthops Spix, 1824
Synonyms
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What is a small yellow bird kept as a pet called? ›

budgerigar. noun. a small bright blue, green, or yellow bird often kept as a pet. Budgerigars are often called budgies.

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