Pine: Townsend's Warbler hybrid
30 May 2016, 6:44 PM,
Pine: Townsend's Warbler hybrid

I was up at the family cabin in Pine over the weekend and spotted a strange female warbler yesterday morning next to the cabin. I first heard the chip note like a Townsend's/Hermit/Black-throated Green Warbler and spotted the bird towards the top of the ponderosa pines. This was at about 7:30 AM and I watched it from below for about 10 minutes. I saw it fairly well from below and noted the head looked like a female Townsend's with a necklace of black streaks on lower throat; yellow wash on throat and breast with a faint dark smudgy band across the lower breast; plain whitish underparts with very limited thin black streaks on sides. I did not note any yellow wash on the flanks and could not see its back. I searched for Townsend's x Hermit and Townsend's x Black-throated Green hybrid photos online but nothing resembled this bird. Any thoughts or help regarding this bird would be appreciated!

Brian Ison
31 May 2016, 8:39 AM,
RE: Pine: Townsend's Warbler hybrid
I found this report of a Black-throated gray x Grace's warbler hybrid:
I couldn't find the pictures but the description has some similarities with yours.

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