Black-and-white Warbler in Point Loma

[All photographs copyright, Gary Nunn 2013] – I made a circuit birding at some favorite spots around Point Loma after a stormy night with rain and gusty winds. There did not seem to be much bird activity anywhere, but finally, once the sun had come out along Silvergate Ave, there at last seemed to be some birds to look at! The best find was this dapper looking male Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia which was busy feeding, nuthatch like, in pepper trees at the junction of Warner and Silvergate Avenue. This would appear to be a first spring male, the retained dusky brown remiges and rectrices contrast quite strongly with the bold black centers of the greater coverts. This bird was quite noisy and sounded the alarm, a repeated harsh “chip” call, at a nearby cat moving underneath the fir tree.

Black-and-white Warbler – Silvergate Ave., Point Loma 09 March 2013

Black-and-white Warbler – Silvergate Ave., Point Loma 09 March 2013

Black-and-white Warbler – Silvergate Ave., Point Loma 09 March 2013

Black-and-white Warbler – Silvergate Ave., Point Loma 09 March 2013

Black-and-white Warbler – Silvergate Ave., Point Loma 09 March 2013

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5 thoughts on “Black-and-white Warbler in Point Loma

    • Thanks Gary, appreciate your note here! It’s been quite slow lately birding so it was nice to get close looks at this smart warbler!

    • Black-and-white Warbler is very rare here in summer. Do you remember where exactly at the preserve that you saw it?

      A nice find – congratulations!

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