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American redstart        Images © Mark A. Chappell

American redstarts are very active eastern warblers, but they occasionally pass through California on migration.   The black-and-orange male was photographed in a sycamore tree with autumn colors at a state park near Moreno Valley, California, in December.   Females and juveniles are still striking, but with less contrast and yellow instead of orange markings.   One of these was photographed in Pacific Grove, California.   American redstarts are behaviorally similar to the painted redstart of southern Arizona and Mexico, and the slate-throated redstart from the Neotropics.

  • Canon 7D2 or R7; 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter or 400 mm DO lens plus 2X converter, fill-in flash (2018, 2022)