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Checklist S10861002

Hayward Regional Shoreline, Alameda County, California, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat Sep 29, 1984 3:00 PM
Party Size:
Steve Summers
1 species total

After driving all day from Santa Maria we (Mike Robbins, Ray Ekstrom, Alan Barron, Neil Clark, and Carol Yoder) arrived at Hayward Regional Shoreline Park (at the end of Winton St.) around 1500. We were immediately informed by other birders in the parking lot that the Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus) was still there! After a few minutes of waiting the bird appeared. It was along a chain link fence in the weedy, brushy growth at the base of the fence. The surrounding area was nothing but weedy landfill and diked water areas. It was kind of like birding in a vacant lot. However there was a Dusky Warbler there!
The warbler was the size of a small North American Wood Warbler. It stayed low to the ground or on the ground. It would appear and disappear out of the brush and weeds. It was very active and flirty, often flicked its wings. Its crown, nape, back and rump were a uniform dark (dusky) warm brown. It had a buffy eye-stripe, over a dark eye with a dark (brown) eyeline. Its throat and belly were whitish or cream. Its breast was darker and buffier than throat and belly and slightly blotchy. Some of the buffy blotches on the breast almost appeared dull yellow in good light. The tail was brown, short and squared or slightly rounded. The wings were brown (like back) with no wing bars. The bill was dark pointed and thin - it was not excessively long or short. All in all it really is a somewhat drab bird but what it lacks in looks it makes up for in rarity. This is the second California record and seventh North American record for this species.


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