It’s a warbler kind of day.
That’s how I will have to describe last Saturday. I took a tour out to Presa Buena Mujer with the idea that I would find a certain group of birds, ones that had frequented that area just 24 hours before. I am pretty sure the birds didn’t get the memo! Friday morning I found Gray Flycatchers, Pyrrhuloxia, Varied and Lazuli Buntings, Phainopepla, along with two of our endemics, the Gray Thrasher, and Xanthus’s Hummingbirds. Saturday morning, at the same time, same place and with the same weather, I found warblers, lots and lots of warblers. Now don’t get me wrong, I am very fond of the entire warbler family, bright, colorful birds that they are. I just had different expectations. Fortunately, the Xanthus’s Hummingbirds did not disappoint, and made their appearance right on time.
The most exciting part of my “Warbler Saturday” was the addition of a new lifer, the MacGillivray’s Warbler. There were several females, but I was only every able to see the one male.
The bulk of the group were all Orange-crowned Warblers.