Hermit x Townsend's Warbler at Desert View
29 Aug 2017, 7:35 AM,
#1
Hermit x Townsend's Warbler at Desert View
This morning, 29 Aug 2017, I observed a Hermit X Townsend's Warbler at Desert View on the South Rim. This combo appears (according to ebird) to be very rarely recorded in AZ (with no prior reports above the Mogollon Rim).  This individual had a green back, the head pattern of a Hermit Warbler, a partial black breast/throat, with yellow extending well down onto the breast, and some dark streaks on the sides of the breast.

Brian Gatlin
Grand Canyon, AZ
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29 Aug 2017, 8:56 AM,
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RE: Hermit x Townsend's Warbler at Desert View
Cool bird, Brian.  I know of at least one other record at a yard in east Flagstaff, 4 September 1994, with a video of it by Bret Whitney. This bird was described by Richard Webster as: "bright golden cheek with minimal patch, black throat, yellow on breast, very strong black streaks on sides, some olive to back; much like Townsend's but face like Hermit in color and lack of strong cheek patch."
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29 Aug 2017, 9:58 AM,
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RE: Hermit x Townsend's Warbler at Desert View
Seems like Shaun and I saw one on Mount Elden a few years back and John Grahame and I saw one at Cow Springs Lake about 1996 or so.
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29 Aug 2017, 10:23 AM,
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RE: Hermit x Townsend's Warbler at Desert View
Micah and I had what we figured to be a Hermit x Townsend's Warbler at Kirkland Creek last year. I'll see if I can dig up the photos.
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29 Aug 2017, 11:29 AM,
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RE: Hermit x Townsend's Warbler at Desert View
cool! thanks for chiming in with other reports, guys!
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