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 WARBLER.
good birding , frank
---------- Forwarded message --------- 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 property.
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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