new birds, warblers?

by roma
(buena park ca)

two or three weeks ago, i heard some contact calls that sounded a lot like bushtits, which visit my yard in flocks in the winter. when i looked up, high in the podocarpous tree, 30 ft up, i saw movement of 2 birds, moving very fast. one time only, i saw them on the ground picking up things in the lawn. the male had an olive green back, and a darker head, with a mustard yellow breast, and the female had a brownish back and a light gray solid breast and maybe belly. only saw them fully a few seconds. they are smaller than the resident black phoebe. their bills look like warblers. it seens i only see them in shadow or siliheute. the male might have a light or white chin, and a buffy tail end, only can see about a dime size at a time. they were eating insects in my tangelo tree outside my kitchen window and one even perched on the screen. i noticed they fly to a branch and kind if squat hop along the branch then fly to the next. i always have yellow rumped warblers winter here, and have seen yellow warblers too. not them.

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Jan 21, 2018
new birds warblers
by: roma

i think i,ve finally id,d these tiny birds. they are orange crowned warblers. i,ve probably looked at pictures at least 20 times they show a yellow headed bird, but on intense reseach i discovered that their plumage is highly variable, and some have gray heads. the color yellow can be brighter or duller, only the underside near the tail remains bright yellow.

the orange is rarely seen, only when agitated. immatures are more grayish brown on the back and solid gray olive green on the front. these are active birds that flick their tails a lot, and kind of look like skinny hummingbirds with very pointy beaks.

they winter and can breed on the entire west coast, they seem to be taking an interest in my lsrge, thick rose bush.

Dec 08, 2017
warbkers
by: roma

hi brook, sorry haven,t been on my tablet. not yet id,d.

Nov 25, 2017
new birds, warblers?
by: Brook

Hi Roma,

I'm at a loss too. Did you ever ID these birds?

Nov 18, 2017
warblers
by: roma

thanks for your question brook, but no. the tropic kingbird is much larger than the phoebe, almost the size of a mourning dove. these birds are tiny, maybe 4 inchs including tail. they hold their tails in an uplifted way. not a wren. maybe they are accidental birds or eastern birds.

Nov 17, 2017
new birds, warblers?
by: Brook

Hi Roma,
are these the ones u IDed as tropical kingbirds?

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