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Cape May Warbler at Lake Murray

This hasn't been posted yet onto the listserv, but Jim Pawlicki get al. found a very dull female Cape May Warbler at Lake Murray this morning, Sunday, and it is still present as of 10:00 a.m. Feeding pretty high up in the big eucalyptus tree that the Virginia's warbler was in back in October, right over the mule fat along the edge of the lake where the Virginia's would often forage. The bird has matted facial feathers from eucalyptus syrup, from nearby eucalyptus trees, which means it has been here already for quite some time. But the bird often is quite high in the tree and is extremely dull. There are already photos of it posted on the WhatsApp rare bird site. It does come lower down on occasion. Compared to the yellow rumps it has evenly dull streaking across the breast and obviously without the yellow patches on the side of the breast and it has a greener rump and a slightly shorter tail.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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