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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.   This male (females lack much of the bright coloring) was photographed at a state park near Moreno Valley, California, in December.   The bird was in a sycamore tree with autumn colors.   American redstarts are behaviorally similar to the painted redstart of southern Arizona and Mexico, and the slate-throated redstart from the Neotropics.

  • Canon 1D Mk. II, 1D4, or 7D2; 500 mm f4 IS lens plus 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, fill-in flash (2005, 2012, 2016-2018)