Blackpoll, Proto Warblers at Stovepipe Wells

Observers: Chris Howard
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Date: 09/16/2005
Time: 07:40 PM -0400

Today, 16 Sept 2005, Furnace Creek Ranch had 2 female-type Vermilion Flycatchers and 2 American Crows (I wonder if the two I had there in mid-June summered). Savannah Sparrows, Lincoln's, and gambel's White-crowned Sparrows, have returned too. Stovepipe Wells had a Blackpoll Warbler at the puddle under the Tamarisk. It's head was buffy-yellow with a distinct dark eye-line and pale supercilium. It's breast was a similar buffy -yellow with faint dark streaks.  Yellowish back with black streaks. The belly and undertail coverts were white. While trying to refind the Blackpoll, I saw a Prothonotary Warbler at a water faucet.  The Proto actually flew toward me and landed on my head... no joke.  I could see it's beak and head peering down over the bill of my hat.  Panamint Springs had a Sooty (I think) Fox Sparrow in the Pig Pen.

Photos (C) Chris Howard