Sunday, September 23, 2007

The Rare and Elusive Redstart


Yep, that's an American Redstart - I saw it this afternoon at Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach. Even though I've seen countless numbers of them in the East, I was still very excited to see it. American Redstart is probably the most common "vagrant" warbler in California - but still notable. Huntington Central Park had quite a few warblers this afternoon, but there didn't seem to be as many as at Irvine Regional Park yesterday. There were good numbers of flycatchers (lots of Pacific-slope Flycathers, three Western Wood-Pewees, lots of Black Phoebes, some Cassin's Kingbirds, and a couple unidentified empids), and I also saw my first Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Hermit Thrushes of the season. A couple Great Horned Owls were sitting right above the footpath, attracting quite a crowd of passersby. Back in the parking lot, just as we were about to leave, a couple of gorgeous Townsend's Warblers were foraging at eye level. This lovely guy/gal came in with a short bout of pishing, posing cooperatively in good light.

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