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Black-throated Green Warbler at Stonewall Mine

This morning I found a young male Black-throated Green Warbler at Stonewall Mine. Found along the paved road that goes downhill from the parking area, towards the lake, past the gate. That entire little road section (between gate and intersecting dirt road) was very birdy, with warblers and chickadees flitting back and forth across the road.  GPS for the BTGW – 32°59'4" N 116°34'15" W


I also found an apparent Virginia Warbler at the parking lot in the clump of Black Oaks near the fee payment post. I say “apparent” because I seriously considered a dull first year Nashville. This bird has more yellow on the breast than the Wing Street bird did, but it is a wash (by which I mean that the amount of yellow changes based on body position, kind of a yellow shine rather than yellow feathers). The yellow is a distinct spot, does not flow into the flank area. I can see no green tint to the wings or on the back. It also chipped frequently, and sounded like the Wing Street bird, not like the Nashvilles I saw only a few moments later. So I went with Virginia, but could be wrong. Other opinions are welcome!


Overall, a really great spot today – 10 warbler species! Oddly, not even one junco…


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Nancy Christensen



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