Hermit & Black-throated Gray, Wildcat

Sheila Dickie

Yesterday afternoon, August 23, there were two Hermit Warblers* and one Black-throated Gray Warbler in with a mixed flock of Red-breasted Nuthatches, Brown Creepers, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Townsend's Warbler, Pacific Coast Flycatcher in a very large twin-trunked pine-type tree on the Wildcat Creek Trail at the Wildcat Canyon Regional Park-Alvarado Staging Area end in Richmond. They were seen from 4-5 p.m. Birds occasionally flew across the trail but the tree was busy for the entire time with birds foraging among the needles and cones. The Hermit Warblers were quite acrobatic and kited out from the lower branches to the ground and over the trail.

(*I know that Hermit and Townsend's hybridize but the above birds did not appear to show any markings for Townsend's in the undercarriage except for one bird that had a faint yellow glow on its belly).

Location: From the Alvarado Staging Area parking lot off Park Avenue (Richmond) walk half a mile up the main asphalt trail. The entrance to the Belgum Trail will be on your left; keep going up the main asphalt trail and about 100' on the left (before you get to the top of the hill) you will see the large pine-type tree mentioned above.

Sheila Dickie

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