It must be raining warblers if even Jefferson Square is producing goodies.
Last Friday passing through on my way to play tennis I found six YELLOW WARBLERS, a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, a WILSON’S WARBLER, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and a TOWNSEND’S WARBLER, a haul I would be happy with from any park.
Today I didn’t want to breathe too much smoke so I sauntered back to sad little Jefferson Square after work. Lucky I had my binoculars. Among the TOWNSEND’S WARBLER, the 3 YELLOW WARBLERS, a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was....
a NASHVILLE WARBLER!!! (If I ever have a band, that will be the name.) I got great looks at its gray-sided head, yellow throat, complete eye-ring, and white lower belly.
Among the Yellow Warblers was one bird that stymied me - it was dun-colored overall, as opposed to the greenish dull Yellow Warblers, and its eyes lacked the subtle Yellow Warbler eyering. The eyes seemed to bug out a bit, which put me in the mind of a vireo of some kind, but the eyes lacked a strong white stripe or ring seen on a vireo. I spent a long time looking. Maybe it was a funny Warbling Vireo or a very unusually dull Yellow Warbler, I couldn’t quite tell. I can’t think of anything more exotic it could be.
A Cooper’s Hawk, lots of parrots, some Black Phoebes, and good hummers and corvids rounded out the evening.