Date: 12/30/18 8:22 am
From: frank lospalluto <fdlospalluto...>
Subject: [obol] Fwd: [RV Birds] First "Official" Palm Warbler for Jackson County
The Ashland CBC was held yesterday. One of the highlights was a PALM

good birding ,

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From: Jeff Tufts
Date: Sun, Dec 30, 2018 at 12:02 AM
Subject: [RV Birds] First "Official" Palm Warbler for Jackson County
To: Rogue Valley Birds <rv-birds...>

Another first for the Jackson County species checklist.

Not as big as a Zone-tailed Hawk, but small is beautiful.

Ashland CBC group found a Palm Warbler near the entrance to the Imperatrice

Checklist committee rules stipulate that absent an identifying photo, at
least two experienced birders must have seen the bird, and that is
obviously the case with this bird as it was seen by Dick Ashford, Jon Cox
and Kent Erskine.

Here's a link to the eBird report on this little gem..

And here's the report submitted by Pepper Trail in October 2015 when he saw
a Palm Warbler in Ashland.

*Today, as I sat at my desk at the Forensics Lab, simultaneously listening
to a conference call and watching a webinar, I spotted what is apparently
the first Palm Warbler ever recorded in Jackson County. It was loosely
associated with a group of Yellow-rumped Warblers, and initially attracted
my attention by its tail-wagging behavior. It foraged mostly on the
ground, walking and wagging its tail, as Palm Warblers do, with short
forays up into the bushes. This was in the area between the Forensics Lab
and the Armory, on East Main Street. I got fine looks with my binoculars,
and the overall dull plumage and contrastingly bright yellow crissum
confirmed it as the western subspecies, palmarum. Traces of the chestnut
cap were also visible on this fall-plumage bird. *

*I'm familiar with Palm Warblers from the eastern US, and have absolutely
no doubt of the ID. Unfortunately no other birders were handy to confirm
the sighting, and I didn't have a camera with a telephoto available.
Therefore, this must be considered an unverified sighting. The bird
remained in the area for about a half-hour, and then was gone. I'll take my
telephoto to work tomorrow in the unlikely event that the bird reappears. *

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