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Documentation of Hooded Warbler

Observer Information

Reporter:  Bill Maynard 
Other Observers:  Bob Harnish
Brandon Percival; Bob Harnish found the bird and identified it around 0700.

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Hooded Warbler
First Date/Time:  5/2/2006
Last Date/Time: 
Duration (total time in view):  30 minutes
County:  El Paso
Specific Location:  Chico Basin Ranch in the olives in the "Eagle Grove"
Number:  1
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Male
Plumage:  Other/Unknown


Foraged exclusively in Russian olives and on the ground. The olives are part of a grove of trees that contain very large plains cottonwoods where a Golden Eagle occassionaly nests

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  Leica Ultravid 10x42 binoculars
Leica 77 mm APO spotting scope with 20x-60x zoon

Distance:  As close as 20 feet
Light:  very good with light over my shoulder

Description of the Bird

This bird was a warbler, identified by its bill, coloration, and feeding pattern.

Because its yellow face was surrounded by a black hood, it could only be one species. Yellow belly and undertail coverts. Olive back. Bill dark. Tail olive. Legs pinkish.
Behaviors: This bird foraged very low to the ground. The most interesting part of the observation was that the bird found a low branch perch (about 3 ft. off of the ground and fell asleep. I took lots of photos of a sleeping bird with white nictitating (well maybe it doesn't actually nictitate) eyelid visible but since I can't upload more than one photo I will chose a different one.
Call: calls only heard loud and squeaky repeated over and over until about 11:00 when it became silent
Plumage: alternate

Similar Species Discussion

Townsend's Warbler has black mask, the HOWA does not

Hermit Warbler - has a yellow face but also a yellow crown which a HOWA does not have.

Kentucky Warbler - doesn't have the black chin and throat that HOWA has

Resources Used


Previous Experience

I see at least one every year in CO and I have seen some in Texas during migration.



Additional Information

Comments: Nice male Hooded Warbler right on time. There was at least 4 HOWAs at Chico Basin Ranch this spring.
Time: 1100
Elevation: unknown
Other Dates: none
Nearest Town: Fountain
Independent Observers: Bob Harnish found the bird and identified it around 0700.

Materials Available

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Date Documentation Submitted

7/17/2006 1:14:00 PM

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