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Event Report – 5/4/2024 – Steve Denney’s Warbler Watch

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It is rather unusual to have major rain during a bird field trip, but it unfortunately happened during this year’s Warbler Watch. Nine intrepid participants showed up!

The rain made it difficult to see the birds from afar, so we left the covered porch and ventured out to get closer to the trees where the birds were foraging. After spending time locating and identifying birds in the Oak Savannah grassland we continued walking down the hill through the Oak/Mixed Conifer forest then finished up alongside the Wetland habitat.

Even with the rain, we still counted 33 species of birds encompassing 75 individual birds.

We did manage to see 1 Townsend Warbler, 2 Black-throated Gray Warblers, 2 Orange-crowned Warblers, and 20 Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Other highlights included a gorgeous view of an Ash-throated Flycatcher (the sun must have peaked out a tad at that point) and got to enjoy the beauty and antics of 2 Bullock’s Orioles.

Steve Denney wants to do it again in 2025! Odds are the weather will be better!

Photo of the Black-throated Gray Warbler was taken by Liz Gayner from last year’s field trip to the Denney property. (We didn’t want out cameras out this year).

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