Date: 10/5/17 10:44 am
From: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] More on Magnolia Warbler at SBMNH
Updates on the SBNHM Magnolia Warbler are greatly appreciated...

Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #375: Gray Catbird

On Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 6:33 PM, Rebecca Coulter <rfcphoebe...>
[sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply...> wrote:

> This afternoon around 3:00, I did a little birding around the upper bridge
> over Mission Creek on the Museum property. Looking up creek—the same
> location where I saw the Blue-headed Vireo—there were a few birds bathing.
> One of them was a warbler with a grayish head, eye ring, and very yellow
> underparts. It moved around a lot, in and out of the tangle just above the
> bridge on the north side of the creek. I was eventually able to see the
> white under tail coverts before it took off upstream. I puzzled on it for a
> bit, thought about Nashville, consulted Dunn and Garrett, and finally came
> up with a first year Magnolia. Around 5:00, I returned to the location,
> played a snippet of the Magnolia call note, and the bird appeared again at
> the creek's edge. This time I was able to get a really good look at the
> white eye ring, gray upper parts, fairly bright yellow throat and breast,
> pale wing bars, and the distinctive white spots on the mid-tail, which were
> very visible when it flared and flashed its tail as it moved around. The
> streaking on the flanks was not prominent—something I normally think of for
> Magnolia—but on the second viewing I was able to see that they were
> certainly there, dusky gray instead of black.
> For those wanting to see the bird during Museum hours (10-5), please
> remember to check in at the front office before entering the property, and
> that there is quite a lot of loud renovation work being done in the bridge
> area as the roof tiles are removed from the building.
> Rebecca Coulter
> Santa Barbara

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