possible Hermit Warbler


Christopher Adler
 

This morning I explored some of the canyons of Banker's Hill and Hillcrest, specifically
the Self-Realization Fellowship on 1st Ave., Maple Canyon, Spruce Canyon, and 
Marston Canyon. Of note were:

Self-Realization Fellowship: Red-breasted Sapsucker (stopped briefly on a palm tree
so I'm not sure where it is likely to be found)

Spruce Canyon: Summer Tanager (it could have been seen from the suspension bridge
although I was below in the canyon) 

N. Arroyo Dr. (by which one accesses Spruce Cyn.): possible Hermit Warbler, see below

Marston Canyon: Sharp-shinned Hawk

Just beyond the N. Arroyo Dr. private drive sign (a nicely painted wooden sign), I heard
a high thin chip which I traced to an extremely-hard-to-see warbler. I could never get a clear
look but what I could see what consistent with a female Hermit (clean white underparts, white
undertail coverts, white undertail with dark outer retrices, yellow wash on face, dark marks
around eye but I could never see the face side-on). It also sat completely still for many minutes.
This could be a tough bird to re-locate, since observing can only be done from the road
and there are quite a few large trees all around. The location is about halfway between 
the signed entrance for the private drive and W. Palm. St. (email me if you want more details).

Here's a photo of the Summer Tanager and of the possible Hermit Warbler, from 
below while it was sitting motionless for a while.

Christopher Adler
Allied Gardens

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