Elden Spring: Hermit Warbler swarm, migrants
17 Aug 2013, 8:47 AM,
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Elden Spring: Hermit Warbler swarm, migrants
A walk around Elden Spring this morning had long periods of quiet punctuated by a few dramatic bursts of activity. The "swarm" of Hermit Warblers may be a bit of hyperbole, but they were the most common warbler I saw today (5 total) which is pretty unusual.

Along the Pipeline Trail a sizable flock included Chipping Sparrows, many Black-headed Grosbeaks, a pale Western Tanager, Virginia's Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and juncos.

Western Tanager:
   

The spring itself was very active. The water was bringing in Hermit Warbler (1), Hermit Thrush, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Black-headed Grosbeak and many Rufous and Broad-tailed Hummingbirds.

Hermit Warbler:
   

The second major burst of activity was just west of the canyon mouth (very often a hotspot), where a major mixed flock was very active. I didn't get on every bird (or even close), but I saw Hermit Warblers (2), Townsend's Warblers (2), Black-throated Gray Warbler (1), Virginia's Warbler (1), Warbling Vireo (2), Brown Creeper (2), along with the usual chickadees and nuthatches.

Interestingly, I saw no "Western" Flycatchers today.

Ahh...migration.

Jason
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