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Ovenbird in Sabre Springs

Ovenbird in Sabre Springs
By – 1:57 pm
About 12:45 p.m. today I stumbled upon an Ovenbird along the creek inSabre Springs. Highly unlikely either me or anyone else will be able torefind it, but I’ll describe it and where it was in case anyone wants totry. There is a lot of hidden inaccessible habitat in the area.Providing description because I couldn’t get a decent photo.Description: It was walking along the ground next to the creek. I saw itwhile I was trying to verify that a Warbler bouncing around on sometwigs above the water wasn’t something other than a YRWA. First thing Isaw was a very bright white eye ring and dark heavy markings on thebreast. It immediately struck me as being an Ovenbird. The breastmarkings were darker than what I’m used to seeing on Hermit orSwainson’s Thrushes. Back appeared to be an olive green color. It waswalking, not hopping like a Thrush. I didn’t get a view of the crown.One rear shot photo I have that may be reasonable enough to post showsthe back color and it holding its tail up while it was walking. Habitatseemed like a good fit. The ground was damp and it disappeared under apile of dead stuff. I haven’t posted my list yet. Won’t have time to seeif photo is usable until later today.Location: I was standing about here 32.94303,-117.08516, facing thecreek and looking towards the left into an area of the creek that isunder trees where birds will occasionally take a bath. The bird waswalking from the trail side of the area towards the creek.Lisa RubySabre Springs– Lisa RubySabre Springs