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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Mega rarity at Malibu reported; Yellow-throated Vireo!!

Rocky Oaks Park, Los Angeles County, California, US Map ) Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:16 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
1 hour(s), 4 minute(s)
Distance:
0.3 mile(s)
Observers:
Kimball Garrett
Species
23 species total
1
Anna's Hummingbird
1
Allen's Hummingbird
adult male in chaparral/oaks near pond
1
Acorn Woodpecker
1
Nuttall's Woodpecker
2
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
3
Ash-throated Flycatcher
1
Yellow-throated Vireo
Shortly after getting out of my car I heard a continuous burry "solitary vireo-type" song coming from the oaks adjacent to the parking lot. I assumed it would be Cassin's given the date and habitat, but after a while I was concerned that I was not hearing any sweet, clear notes (as expected for Cassin's); at that point I made an effort to get a look at the bird even though it was staying well hidden in the oaks -- I figured it might be a Plumbeous because of the burriness of the song. I soon got a look at the bird and was a bit surprised to see a bright yellow throat and chest -- which nicely ruled out Plumbeous and Cassin's and in fact made it an obvious Yellow-throated Vireo. Seeing the bird, the song quickly fell into place -- only burry notes, with no more than three different phrase types, and one of them a distinctive "three-eight" phrase. The birds also gave a quick descending scolding chatter (much like a "Solitary") and some quick fussy notes. I got some recordings on my cell phone. Photographing the bird proved very difficult, as my camera would not auto-focus in the dense branchwork. The bird was in the same general area (but this time in the oaks at the beginning of the trail just beyond the parking lot) when I returned from a hike to the pond, and here I was able to at least get a couple of poor but recognizable photos. A very distinctive vireo, with bright yellow throat and chest, yellow spectacles on a bright olive head, olive upperparts, grayish wings with two clean white wingbars. Heavy vireo bill and typical sluggish vireo movements through the branches.
© Kimball Garrett
© Kimball Garrett
1
American Crow
5
Common Raven
4
Oak Titmouse
4
Bushtit (Pacific)
1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Pacific)
3
House Wren
2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
6
Wrentit
3
European Starling
4
Orange-crowned Warbler
1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
2
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)
4
California Towhee
5
Spotted Towhee
2
Black-headed Grosbeak
2
Lesser Goldfinch
Apparently I don't even have to travel East to spot this one(failed to spot it at Radnor) lol.
Thanks Kimball!

Let's get it tomorrow :)

But it's too far, ugh, Malibu. Still, you really can't miss THIS one..

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