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Golden-winged Warbler - Diaz Lake

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  • kernkel
    The bird seen yesterday is still present this morning (24 Oct). From EasternSierrabirds post yesterday: On 23 Oct a male Golden-winged Warbler was found at the
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      The bird seen yesterday is still present this morning (24 Oct).

      From EasternSierrabirds post yesterday:

      On 23 Oct a male Golden-winged Warbler was found at the south end of
      Diaz Lake. This is the 7th Inyo County record and the first since
      1979! The bird was the most uncooperative one in the memory of the
      observers. Tom, Jo, and Kelli spent 3.5 hours trying to photograph the
      bird with absolutely no success. Each of a couple encounters totaled
      fewer than ten seconds of having an full, unobstructed view of the
      bird. There were numerous glimpses of a bird making leaves dance,
      binocs were focused, only to see the gray tail disappearing like fog
      into the back of the tree or the bird flying to the back of the tree.
      The warbler was gray above, white below, black throat and auricular
      including the eye, gray wings with a broad golden patch in the covert
      area. The brief views did not allow us to see if the chin was white
      and bill pale, which would indicate an immature male but a male it
      was! When on the road leading to the campground there is a black-and-
      white speed bump just after the road makes a turn to the west. Just
      after the speed bump there is a dead tree with four cut off stumps on
      the left side of the road and to the right of the road is a green
      metal 4"X4"X2.5' electrical box. This marks the eastern edge of the
      area where the bird was found and the area ends about 50 yards to the
      west along a mix of willows and cottonwoods on the south edge of the
      lake. There were periods of 30-60 minutes when the bird could not be
      found but when it was, it was still in this small area. While a small
      flock of Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warblers, a few Orange-crowned
      Warblers, and a couple of Ruby-crowned Kinglets were in the same trees
      with the Golden-wing, when they left the fancy bird did not. The wind
      was from the south and if that is maintained throughout the night the
      bird could remain until tomorrow. Early morning should be best and if
      anyone chases and is able to photograph it, we would like to see the
      photos in hopes of determining the age of the bird.


      Kelli-Heindel Levinson
      Bakersfield, Ca
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