Date: 2/4/19 9:10 pm From: <rebecca.fenning...> Subject: [LACoBirds] Lucy's Warbler - N. Weddington Park, Toluca Lake
It looks like the Lucy's Warbler has returned to North Weddington Recreation Center in Toluca Lake again this February. I made a quick stop on my way home this afternoon and was looking for something else when it basically landed right near me. I got some poor but identifiable photos ( https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52392383), but it's a small, very active gray warbler with a light gray/white belly, faint white eyering, and white undertail. The rump is rufous, but hard to see in person - it's obvious in photos though. I didn't notice any rufous on the crown.
It was in the same general area as last year, in the north section of the park (about 34.146007, -118.368131 -- at the chain link fence bordering the river channel, right near the eucalyptus with the caution tape). Last year, it was originally in a weedy area right on the other side of the fence with Lesser Goldfinches and Bushtits; today it was alone and mostly on the freeway side of the river (there are very few flowering plants or grasses on the park side of the river so far this year). I only saw it because it perched two different times on the fence next to the caution tape tree, and I was able to track it back across the river.
Good birding, Rebecca Marschall Valley Village
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