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Tropical Kingbird found while observing California Condors


  1. Number observed: 5
  2. Number observed: 2
  3. Number observed: 1
  4. Number observed: 1

    Details: kingbird with bright yellow underparts perched on overhead wires. Initially considered Western but features clearly much closer to Tropical/Couch's. Tail appeared to be in molt so no obvious 'notched effect' apparent. After 15 minutes of observation the bird spontaneously gave characteristic, metallic, rippled or sputtering call. Repeated call notes five or six times, clearly heard by group of 18 birders. Calls closely matched sound recording #1 on Sibley Guides for iphone and agreed upon by the entire group.

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