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Townsend’s Solitaire, New Haven Co, CT, Hammonasset, 38 November 2022

Mark S. Szantyr

Amateur photographer
http://www.Birddog55.zenfolio.com
Birddog55@charter.net
© Mark S. Szantyr USA
Red-legged Honeycreeper, Miami-Dade, FL, L-31W, 10/17/2022


Male and female found by Raul Urgelles on 10/16. Only female present today. Apparent influx of this species in FL, LA, and TX.

Roberto Torres

Amateur photographer

© Roberto Torres
Wood Warbler, Los Angeles, Willow Springs Park, 16th Oct 2022

Andy Birch

Amateur photographer
http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/labirding/
© Andy Birch
Wood Warbler, Los Angeles, Willow Springs Park, 16th Oct 2022


Amazing Lower 48 first record continues this am

Andy Birch

Amateur photographer
http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/labirding/
© Andy Birch
Yellow-throated Warbler, San Mateo, California, Pigeon Point, 7 October 2022


This attractive species breeds no closer than Central Texas and is a very rare bird anywhere in California. Most records are along the immediate coast during migration. This individual was found by Dessi Sieburth and was particularly obliging. Sexes are similar but females are slightly duller with more buff on the flanks with less distinct flank streaks. This individual has white flanks with contrasting black streaks suggesting it is a male. It is customary to separate this species into subspecies groups, a white-lored group S. d. albilora and a yellow-lored group composed of two races S. d. dominica and S. d. stoddardi. Most California records have been referable to S. d. albilora but a few late fall and winter records have been assigned to nominate dominica, although some of those are controversial. This bird shows a mixture of yellow and white in the lores, and photos show the chin to be white which is typical of albilora. The bill appears to be very long and thin which is better for dominica, but there is overlap in all these characters. McKay (Condor 110:569-574, 2008) found that none of the three traditional subspecies were significant evolutionary units nor could they be reliably diagnosed on morphology. This species was formerly included in the genus Dendroica which was merged with Setophaga in the 52nd Supplement to the AOU Checklist. (The Auk 128:600-613, 2011)

Joe Morlan

Amateur photographer
http://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/
© Joe Morlan USA
Purple Sandpiper, Crowley County, Colorado, Lake Henry, 7 October 2022


2nd State Record

Brandon K. Percival

Amateur photographer

© Brandon K. Percival
Painted Bunting, San Francisco, California, USA, Middle Lake, Golden Gate Park, 27 September 2022

eBird
Forth San Francisco mainland record.

Joe Morlan

Amateur photographer
http://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/
© Joe Morlan USA
White-tailed Tropicbird, Miami-Dade, FL, Gulfstream, 7/2/2022

Roberto Torres

Amateur photographer

© Roberto Torres
Slaty-backed gull, Los Angeles, MacArthur Park, 5/19/22


Quite a surprise to find this vagrant in late May feeding among the pigeons in downtown LA!

Andy Birch

Amateur photographer
http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/labirding/
© Andy Birch
Slaty-backed gull, Los Angeles, MacArthur Park, 5/19/22

Andy Birch

Amateur photographer
http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/labirding/
© Andy Birch
Slaty-backed gull, Los Angeles, MacArthur Park, 5/19/22

Andy Birch

Amateur photographer
http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/labirding/
© Andy Birch
Tufted Flycatcher, Cochise, Arizona, Rucker Canyon (2022), Cochise, Arizona, 04/24/2022

Nolan A Lameka

Amateur photographer

© Nolan A Lameka
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