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Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) (1)
- Reported Feb 01, 2020 09:04 by Jamie Chavez
- Rod Rodenberger Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9095678,-120.4304042&ll=34.9095678,-120.4304042 - Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64008218 - Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "This is a continuing bird found on January 25, 2020 at this location but seen poorly on that date. Although I felt the ID was correct I was hesitant to say for certain without better looks. This is my fourth attempt to find this bird. Today it was discovered in a mixed flock of mostly Yellow-rumped Warblers, a couple of Western Bluebirds, a couple of Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and White-crowned Sparrows in a corner of the Miramonte Park ball field which sits next to Rodenberger Park. It was very close to where I had seen it the previous week. Several photos were obtained. I had been chasing the flock around the park and watched as the warblers would drop to the grass to feed. This is where I eventually spotted the Pine Warbler when I saw the olive and yellow coloration which looked altogether different from adjacent Yellow-rumped Warblers. It was identified by its mostly olive-brown colored plumage, brownish back, buffy flanks, it lacked the yellow-rump and any breast streaking, it showed two whitish wing bars, and the face and upper breast were brighter yellow color and it showed a contrasting dark cheek. The tail was long and looked slightly forked. The face showed a strong eye line and a broken eye ring. The bill was long and pointed. The flock eventually flushed into the trees and then broke up where I lost it. Somehow I relocated the bird in a couple of different pines as it moved around. The best photos were taken when the bird flew into a Canary Island pine around 34.908676, -120.430698."
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