|A Yellow-breasted Chat, Crystal Cove State Park, CA; 6/17/2011.|
These birds are from the warbler family, and is one of the very few warblers found in the extreme West. They are fairly large at 7 1/2" long and (as their name suggests) are noted for their very bright yellow breast, white spectacles, and olive-gray back, head, and tail. Their yellow breasts give way to a white under belly.
Crystal Cove State Park was good to me in the 5 days I spent some time there. I identified 40 species, 23 of which were FOYs, and added 11 new birds to my Life List.
Crystal Cove State Park, CA (6/13-6/14 & 6/16-6/17)
Birds Identified: Mourning Doves, Common Yellowthroats, Brown Pelicans (FOY), American Crows, Common Ravens, Brewer's Blackbird (FOY), Brown-headed Cowbirds, California Gulls (FOY), Heerman's Gulls (FOY), California Quail (FOY), Greater Roadrunners (FOY), California Towhees (FOY), Spotted Towhees, House Finches, Lesser Gold Finches (FOY), Mallard Duck, Song Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows, Savannah Sparrows, House Sparrows, Starling, Black Phoebes (FOY), Says Phoebe, Double-crested Cormorants, California Gnatcatchers (FOY), Bushtits (FOY), Wrentits (FOY), Ash-throated Flycatchers (FOY), Bullock's Oriole (FOY), Coopers Hawk (FOY), Black Skimmers (FOY), Allen's Hummingbird (FOY), Bewick's Wren (FOY), House Wrens, Cassin's Kingbird (FOY), Yellow-rumped Audubon's Warbler (FOY), Yellow Warblers, Cliff Swallows (FOY), Northern Mockingbird (FOY), and a Yellow-breasted Chat (FOY).
Additions to Life List (292-302 & 305): California Quail, California Towhee, Black Skimmer. Bushtit, Bullock's Oriole, Allen's Hummingbird, Bewick's Wren, Wrentit, California Thrasher, Cassin's Kingbird, and Yellow-breasted Chat.
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