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FW: [SDBIRDS] more on the "MANGROVE" Yellow Warbler

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  • Doug Aguillard
    From 10:30 a.m. til I left at 12:30 p.m., the bird was not refound, but it was the middle of the day, and it s probably sitting quietly in a tree watching all
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 13, 2009
      From 10:30 a.m. til I left at 12:30 p.m., the bird was not refound, but it
      was the middle of the day, and it's probably sitting quietly in a tree
      watching all of the birders.

      Here's my images of the bird


      Doug Aguillard
      Action Surf Photography
      San Diego, CA

      -----Original Message-----
      From: SDBIRDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SDBIRDS@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
      Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 12:22 PM
      To: sdbirds@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [SDBIRDS] more on the "MANGROVE" Yellow Warbler

      Here's some more info on the "MANGROVE" YELLOW WARBLER found this AM in
      fairly urban San Diego by Mark Billings. The bird is frequenting exotic
      plantings in a business-park and apartment area and along I-8 (!!) around
      the intersection of Hancock and Channel near the San Diego Sports Arena,
      near where I-8 and I-5 cross. One way to get there is to take the Rosecrans
      exit southwest from I-5/I-8 a short distance to Sports Arena Blvd and turn
      right. Go down past the sports arena and turn right on Hancock. The first
      street to the left is Channel Way. The bird has been seen a half-block in
      any direction from the Hancock/Channel intersection. But at least this
      morning, it repeatedly returned to a patch of Myoporum/Pittosporum just a
      short ways down Channel, on the right, behind a green dumpster and behind
      the I-8 fence. In other words, the I-8 traffic is whizzing by just on the
      other side of that bush! The bird also continues down the fenceline to the
      west to a couple other bushes/short eucalyptus and then returns to the
      myoporum clump (and the palm tree above it), before zipping off back toward
      the Hancock/Channel intersection and adjoining office walkways. (It is
      interesting to note that the myoporum-pittosporum clump is vegetatively
      (structure-wise) fairly similar to a parch of mangroves, at least as close
      as it gets in San Diego!!) The bird would go AWOL for 30+ minutes at a time
      but then would usually be re-found at or near this favorite spot, though,
      again, it also ranges up and down Hancock and adjoining walkways for some
      as-yet unknown distance.

      stunning male with a full deep-chestnut head and throat. Folks listening to
      it call all commented on how it sounds a bit different from a typical
      Yellow--a sharper, deeper, harder sweet chip, sort of a Yellow with a
      slight Yellow-rumped quality. The bird also appears marginally larger and a
      bit longer tailed. It also occasionally does some light tail wagging.

      Several folks have gotten photos already, a few of which will undoubtedly
      be posted soon.

      There is at least one previous record of Mangrove Yellow Warbler for the
      western U.S., from Roosevelt Lake AZ (east of Phoenix) a few years ago (I
      think in late summer). This SUBspecies breeds south of the border,
      including in southern Baja (with a few records north to the Bahia de Los
      Angeles area--fide Mark Billings) and mainland west Mexico. In eastern
      Mexico it occurs north to the U.S. border, and there is a small resident
      population in mangroves of extreme south Texas near South Padre Island.
      Recently the AOU discussed the possibility of splitting this subspecies off
      in to a separate species, but DECLINED to do so (fide Jon Dunn), so do NOT
      expect a split of Mangrove Yellow from "regular" Yellow any time soon.

      --Paul Lehman, San Diego

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