All photographs were taken by Nathan Collie on location at Old Town.
Chats are fairly common, but have seen declines to their population in recent years. Their populations tend to grow when shrubby habitat is created by logging, clearcuts, powerline clearing, and forest fragmentation. When forests grow back in these areas, the Chats are left with less suitable habitat. Migrating chats can also collide with tall buildings and radio towers or become disoriented by bright lights.
Yellow-breasted Chats live in areas of dense shrubbery, including abandoned farm fields, clearcuts, powerline corridors, fencerows, forest edges and openings, swamps, and edges of streams and ponds. Its habitat often includes blackberry bushes. Chats usually stay in low, dense vegetation but may sometimes use suburban habitats.