Palm Warbler at LNRP
- I made a brief stop at Laguna Niguel Regional Park between 5 and 6 PM last night. Any warbler activity there might have been below the spillway was effectively cancelled out by a hoard of screaming children crashing and thrashing through the stream bed hunting for crawdads.
However, close to 6 PM I was able to spot a Palm Warbler loosely associating with about half a dozen Yellow-rumped Warblers in the grassy field to the southwest of the stream. If you were to draw a line perpendicular to the stream from pavilion #3 the bird was spotted under and around the picnic tables up the bank in the flat grassy area directly across the stream from the pavilion. The MO for the bird was to forage on the ground with the other warblers, and flush up into the nearby trees when spooked. At first glance it looked rather like an American Pipit, but the proportions weren't quite right, and the bright yellow undertail coverts were a giveaway. The bird was also exhibiting its typical tail-bobbing behavior.
I went back again this morning and was able to catch one brief glimpse from a greater distance then yesterday, but the bird spooked up into the trees at the moment I got by binoculars on it, and I was unable to find it again.
Other birds seen this morning include Pacific-slope Flycatcher (2), Belted Kingfisher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Bullock's Oriole, Western Wood-Pewee, Western Tanager, and Black-throated Gray, Townsend's, Wilson's, Yellow, and many Orange-crowned (including orestera) Warblers.
See you on the trails,