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Chestnut-sided Warbler in Anza-Borrego Desert May 23, 2018

At 9:10AM this morning there was an adult male Chestnut-sided Warbler bathing at a water feature in our backyard in Vallecito (south end of the Anza Borrego Desert State Park). 4 Photos and checklist at

Other sightings today included female Tricolored Blackbird, female Blue Grosbeak, Willow Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, along with 6 or 7 Yellow Warblers, a couple of Wilson's, Orange-crowneds, Warbling Vireos, male and female Townsend's, Bullock's Orioles, Western Tanagers and a pair of nesting Hooded Orioles. (This is not a complete list).

On May 21st, in the morning, we had a visit from an adult male Rose-breasted Grosbeak. He stayed through the day, until dusk, but did not return the next day:

And, on May 2nd, we had our first ever Hermit Warbler at this location. 1 photo adult male :

Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings … :)

Britta Lee Shain
Vallecito (South end of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park)
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