A Chartreuse Color Swatch Is On My Roof


I was zipping up the stairway to the studio, when I spied with my little eye this tiny, fluffy, feathered package of chartreuse. Of course, I had to turn on my heel, and run outside to try to capture him/her on film. Fortunately, I can walk directly onto my roof. (The fact that I can do that is, in fact, an issue for parents with a mid-century modern house and small children. But, happily, none of our girls fell off of the roof during their formative years.)

Once I stealthily made my way to the little feathered color swatch, I asked him if I could take his photo for a blog post. (I’m reasonably sure he is a he, as I believe in the bird world, the fellas are the ones who wear the show-off colors.) He happily obliged and I am able to share this example of the purest, most original specimen of chartreuse I have ever seen.


And, I really know chartreuse, because I own a lot of it.  In fact, when shopping with my personal-shopper daughter, she has suggested that I try to take a fashion holiday from the color that seems to accidentally fill my closet.


Before I leave my fine-feathered-friend, can any one out there tell me the name of this little bird? Not his name like Chipper or Chirpy, but rather his species name, like Yellow-crowned Champ or Chartreuse-winged Warbler … just in case I need to describe the color the next time I go shopping. “Why, yes, I am looking for a jacket in something along the lines of a Yellow-Bellied Gnatcatcher.”

For identification purposes, below are some other views of Bob. (I learned his name from his photo release form.) And, speaking of warblers, here is a link to my favorite mini-Dalton-Academy Warbler to put you in a chipper mood.




  1. Barb Tourtillotte September 15, 2013

    A delightful post as always!

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    Cathy Heck September 16, 2013

    Thank you Barb! Hope you are having a fine-feathered day!

  3. Sam Wilson September 22, 2013

    It’s a Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia). They summer up north and he or she (they are both tasteful dressers) was probably heading for his winter home in Central America. And was probably tired from the journey, or overheated in TX, since he let you get so close.

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    Cathy Heck October 9, 2013

    Thank you Sam. I do hope he/she made it to his/her winter home in South America!

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