Date: 10/12/17 4:29 am
From: Matt Heindel <mtheindel...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Warbler ID Discussion
I can’t weigh in on what you saw, but can say I’ve had the good fortune of seeing a decent number of CT Warblers in fall and none look like the ad male you describe. I do not know enough of timing of migration by age and sex, but would guess this would be pretty late for an ad male. I need figured out if ad males are duller in fall or if I never saw one…...Most of my views of this species were in the Pt. Peel area where we would take annual trips from late Aug to mid Sep and we would get 1-3 annually, and a couple of occasions a few more. The birds we would see, which would match the few CA birds I’ve seen as vagrants, are not gray hooded but more brownish and this brownish extended to the underparts as well. Compared to Mourning, as an example, they were a duller bird, both on upperparts and underparts.
So, no idea what you saw, but if it was a CT, it had to have been an ad male, which is even more odd for location and season.

Matt Heindel
Fair Oaks Ranch TX

> On Oct 11, 2017, at 7:06 PM, David Hanson <davidhanson1952...> wrote:
> This morning Gene Campbell, Chuck Davis and myself went to the Hawk tower
> at Smith Point. Quite a few Broad-winged Hawks, Mississippi Kites, Lots of
> Sharp-shinned Hawks and a few Coopers were up and moving today passing back
> and forth in front of the tower. One of the Broad-wings was the dark morph
> I wrote about earlier and I believe that was the first one I have seen
> since the last year Tony was counting down there. Around 11:00 am the three
> of us decided to take a walk out through the oak motts to see what might be
> out there. After seeing only a few small birds and a couple of Brown
> Thrashers we spotted a bird that either flew into a small tree or just
> moved up there. We had a time actually spotting it to start with because it
> turned out it was sitting very still with it's back to us and just looking
> back over it's right shoulder so to speak at us. We started trying to
> figure out what it was because we could see yellow underneath and could
> make out a gray hood with bold white eye rings. About the time we figured
> out it might very well be a Connecticut Warbler and I decided I needed to
> get a picture it moved just enough that we could not see it anymore. I just
> kind of disappeared behind a 18" diameter tree that was running sort of
> parrallel to the ground. We thought the bird had flown but we kept looking
> and moving slowly around to try and re find it. I finally moved around to
> the left a little and the bird had been sitting very still behind that same
> tree but it flew when It saw me. We could never re find it even though we
> spent another 20 minutes looking for it.
> Now I know everyone is probably thinking were crazy but we sat at lunch and
> compared notes what each of us saw and went through pictures of all the
> other possibilities like Common Yellowthroat, Nashville Warbler, Mourning
> and McGillvray's Warblers etc and could not come up with anything that
> matched what we saw but a Connecticut Warbler. So hear is what we saw and
> We would like to hear pros and cons on the issue and has anyone ever seen
> one here in the fall. So if anyone has any ideas please let us know. By the
> way it was in what is called the East Mott there at Candy Abshier WMA. The
> bird was very yellow underneath, had a gray hood with large eyes with a
> bold eye ring.There was no white underneath like what probably would be on
> a Nashville, to yellow all underneath for a Yellowthroat. The bold eye ring
> with the large eye seemed to be diagnostic. Also the bird looked to each of
> us to be pretty chunky for a warbler. The one thing none of us could see
> was under the throat of the bird but when it turned to the side I think we
> would have been able to notice if it had been yellow. The bird was in the
> brush and in the shade. We also never saw it on the ground so could not see
> the diagnostic walk they do.
> Just for some background on the three of us. I just saw three individual
> Connecticut's last spring in Ohio, The first I had ever seen but still
> fresh in my memory. Gene saw one of the same birds I saw in Ohio standing
> right next to me. I don't think Chuck has ever seen one before.
> Chuck and Gene chime in here if I left anything out.
> David Hanson
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