new birds, warblers?
(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.