Diane, Susan Evans-Pond and I were headed back to Ithaca after birding with the 
Campus Club Bird Study Group at MNWR and we stopped at South Spring Pool to 
check what might be out on the pool.  As we were standing on the wooden 
platform we saw two Yellow-rumped Warblers just to the west of the platform in 
some small trees right by the water.  Yellow-rumps were singing around us, and 
then we heard something different.  I thought "Chestnut-sided like", and Diane 
thought  "Yellow Warbler".   We walked back onto the trail and walked a few 
feet further down the path and saw movement up in a tree on the south side of 
the trail.  We quickly saw a bird up in a tree right near the trail, and were 
wowed by the brilliant yellow throat.  We watched this bird for 4-5 minutes.  
It did not sing, but foraged on limbs and moved around the tree trunk at one 
point. It flew a couple times to nearby trees but we were able to follow it 
easily.  The black on the face, appearing triangular shaped under the eye - 
with the black stripe extending down the neck was very striking.   Looking at 
the bird from below and as it moved around it was very striped on the 
sides/flanks.  It was grey above on the back.  I could not see what markings it 
had underneath it's tail.   We talked about what we were seeing and we finally 
left the bird, as our phones and books were in the car.   What we observed all 
pointed to a Yellow-throated Warbler.


I just saw this notice from eBird, but nothing on CayugaBirds-L or the text 
rare bird alert yet. Nice description by Diane Traina of the Yellow-throated 
Warbler at the NYS-89 entrance to South Spring Pool at Montezuma NWR. (It’s 
shocking how many people don’t actually describe the rarities they report.) 
This is a species we don’t see every year in the Cayuga Lake Basin, although 
Dave Kennedy also found one 2 days ago next to Seneca Lake north of Willard 
Town Park. An invasion! I hope this one sticks around and is easier to refind.

- - Dave Nutter

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Date: April 23, 2019 at 3:00:45 PM EDT
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Subject: [eBird Alert] Seneca County Rare Bird Alert <hourly>

*** Species Summary:

- Yellow-throated Warbler (1 report)

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Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica) (1)
- Reported Apr 23, 2019 13:36 by Diane Traina
- Montezuma NWR--South Spring Pool, Seneca, New York
- Map: 
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55303176
- Comments: "Bright yellow throat from base of bill to top of breast. Striped 
on flanks, white wing bars. White eyebrow stripe. Black around eye extending 
down side of cheek and neck. Grey clear belly to tail. Greyish on back. Seen 
just past post from entrance at art 89. "


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