On a recent spring morning at Upper San Leandro Reservoir in northern California, I was helping to lead a group of intrepid bird watchers on a guided tour to locate Wood Ducks, hummingbirds, and other species.
At one point just before mid-day, I found myself engaged in a discussion about dogs with one of the tour participants. Just as I was about to respond to one of his questions, I heard it:
That dainty little chip – somewhat similar to a Yellow-rumped Warbler but finer, cleaner.
“Townsend’s Warbler!” I shouted while encouraging the other participants to join me in the search for this beautifully colored bird. The man with whom I had been speaking was one of the first in the group to spot the male Townsend’s Warbler which cooperatively made his appearance a few seconds later.
If you are wondering how I could identify a Townsend’s Warbler based on a single chip note while in the middle of an animated discussion about dogs, then I invite you to Join My Free Webinar on How to Identify Warblers which will be held 9:00 PM Eastern on Tuesday, 5 March 2013.
Not only will we be giving away a free gift valued at over $40.00, but I will also share with you how I used these same bird identification techniques when I was recently in Ecuador and only had a few short seconds to identify a Spectacled Whitestart, a picture of which I have included here.
The Online Workshop on Warbler Identification I will be delivering on Tuesday, 5 March 2013, will teach you how to identify warblers based on a few seconds worth of observation time, even if you have never seen that particular species ever before in your life.
/s/ John C. Robinson
President, On My Mountain, Inc.
Author, Birding for Everyone