Vollmer Peak midday Tuesday Sept. 14
At least a half-dozen birders watched the Green-tailed Towhee pretty much as long as they wanted today between 11:30 and 12:30. It spent a lot of time to the right of the tree located to the right of the bench at the top of the hill. While I was still there, two Western Tanagers played hard to see because they were in the tree with the sun behind them.
A female Hermit Warbler was reported on the Vollmer Peak trail, so a couple of us wandered that direction. Though we found Wrentits and Fox Sparrows, the warbler was not seen by us.
When I started downhill to the parking lot, the Green-tailed Towhee was even farther to the right of the bench, foraging to the right of the cyclone fence gate around a tower there. We walked away from it.
What a great bird. Thanks to all who report it.
Hugh B. Harvey