Re: Log Cabin Chestnut-sided
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After spending an hour and a half looping the Log Cabin Trail area with Nico Stuurman, seeing some nice birds but nothing rare, I decided to stick around and encountered Frank Merino while toiling away trying to get photos of an elusive gray-headed Orange-crowned Warbler. Like the rest of us, he had no luck with the Magnolia Warbler, but he had encountered a Chestnut-sided and managed to get some decent photos. So I made my way slowly back east along the trail, eventually re-encountering Cliff Yap (who had been there longer than me!) and he also had seen the Chestnut-sided, but indicated that it had flown north, perhaps toward the trees extending off JFK Drive.
It took more than another half-hour of craning my neck peering into this row of trees, but eventually a vocal gang of three Yellow Warblers appeared and - ta-da! - high in the canopy another, light bottomed bird, our suspect. Really difficult to see well as it stayed very high in the trees, gleaning almost non-stop and stubbornly most of the time in dense foliage, but I managed to see all the important details. It is a drab HY bird, showing just a bit of light green on the top of the (otherwise grayish) head and the back, a definite white eye ring and two very nice bright tan-yellow wing bars. It did not vocalize as far as I could tell (probably unwilling to compete with the louder Yellows!).
And - talk about good timing! - Joachim showed up just as I was sending out the initial email, so he got some decent looks as well. Also in the area were some more typical warblers (Townsend's mostly but also Wilson's and Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumps) plus a surprise Common Yellowthroat, Ruby-crowned Kinglets (FOF for me), many of the other regulars plus a Red-breasted Sapsucker.
So, some rather hard-earned rewards on what turned out to be an uncomfortably hot (and smokey) day.
Be safe and mind the air quality.
On Friday, October 2, 2020, 1:51:54 PM PDT, Richard Bradus via groups.io <grizzledjay@...> wrote:
No Magnolia but a Chestnut-sided trees off JFK Drive