5/23/13 Cerro Coso CC NORTHERN PARULA
Th, 5/23/13: NORTHERN PARULA - Cerro Coso Community College in
Ridgecrest - foraged on upper end of sculpture garden lawn for eight
minutes (11:35am-11:43am) in close proximity to a "female" type
Townsend's Warbler before flying toward cottonwood grove uphill of
lawn. Not pursued further due to "killer" view out in the open on
lawn including intense bluish color showing on head when light angle
was right which was wonderfully often! Exceedingly nice to see this
species completely out in the open for eight minutes on lawn and away
from hide-from-me branches and leaves in trees!
Not very birdy, but also present during 11:10am-11:47am visit:
Western Wood-Pewee 3, Gray Flycatcher 1, calling Pacific-slope
Flycatcher 1, Empid 1, Warbling Vireo 1, Common Raven 2, Swainson's
Thrush 3, MacGillivray's Warbler 1m, Yellow-rumped Warbler 2,
Townsend's Warbler 3 (2f types, 1m), Wilson's Warbler 6, House Finch 3,...
All except Common Ravens spent considerable time foraging on lawn.
Wind became quite strong at leaving.
Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California