A Blackburnian Warbler visits Laguna Niguel Regional Park on October 1, 2014

Today at around 4pm, I had arrived at Laguna Niguel Regional Park in south Orange County, California in hopes for another attempt at finding the Blackburnian Warbler first seen by Jeff Bray approximately one week ago.  Recently, additional reports surfaced that the Blackburnian Warbler was also located by Rob McNab on September 30 and earlier today by Thomas Ford-Hutchinson.  Approximately 30 minutes after my arrival, I had met up with Mike Sanders by coincidence just beyond the tennis courts.  After Mike and I canvassed much of this immediate area and coming up empty, we opted to seek out the Red-naped Sapsucker and headed toward Shelter 3.  We found much activity at the backend of Shelter 3 at the roadside where the creek meets the roadway.

Within 20 minutes, Mike Sanders had indicated he may have gotten a glimpse of the Blackburnian Warber through his binoculars.  We tracked its activity to the Sycamore tree at the creek and roadside behind Shelter 3.  Its foraging activities as we both observed were a bit unique as compared to the Yellow-rumped Warblers nearby which forage well into the center of each tree.  This Blackburnian Warbler had a tendency to only feed on the outer branches which served to our benefit.   I was fortunate enough to capture several photos despite its small size and well camouflaged plumage against the fall foliage as it ducked in and out of view on the branch limbs.  This is the same Blackburnian Warbler as first found by Jeff Bray approximately one week ago.  Thanks to Tom-Ford Hutchinson for doing the comparison.  Comments are welcome – thanks for visiting.

Blackburnian Warbler (18851)
Blackburnian Warbler on Sycamore tree behind Shelter 3
Blackburnian Warbler (18852)
Blackburnian Warbler foraging behind Shelter 3 at Laguna Niguel Regional Park
Blackburnian Warbler (18849)
Blackburnian Warbler scouts the outer branches of a Sycamore tree

2 Responses

  1. Jim Pike

    I too compared the photos between those of a week or so ago and the more recent ones. I came to the conclusion that they are of the same bird, based on the intensity of yellow below and the boldness of the streaks along the sides of the breast and flanks. Why do you think otherwise?

  2. Jim – a comparison by Tom Ford-Hutchinson and a closer look reveals they are more than likely the same bird and as such, I have modified the above commentary – thank you.

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