Santa Maria Grace's Warbler Returns
This morning around 9:45 while birding with Dave Compton, Mark Holmgren and Dan Fontaine in Waller Park in northern Santa Barbara County, Dave spotted a GRACE'S WARBLER in the center portion of the park in a low pine near the gazebo and fenced water pump tank enclosure. The bird eventually moved north a short distance across the road into the pines around group Area 3. This is where it was found last winter and was consistently seen by numerous birders. Although the flock it was with moves around, this is probably the best place to begin looking for the bird if history is any indication. Other birds in the vicinity were two Hermit Warblers, Townsend's Warblers, a few Black-throated Gray Warblers, and two or three Chipping Sparrows. Earlier, a Swainson's Thrush was found in a low tree closer to the back pond. The Ross's Goose and Cackling Goose remain in the front pond.
Directions: In Santa Maria, enter Waller Park from South Broadway (135) at Waller Lane, and drive into the center of the park beyond the first restroom. Area 3 is on the left before the second restroom, which is still under construction. Look for the bird in the shorter pines from the outdoor basketball court to the picnic tables in Area 3.
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA USA
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