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Bay-breasted warbler        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Although not as colorful as some wood warblers, adult male bay-breasted warblers are fairly striking in breeding plumage.   This one, however, is in juvenile or winter plumage -- much less flashy but identifiable by the plain undersides, greenish-olive back and cap, and prominent wingbars.   It was photographed in a small shoreline park in Pacific Grove, California; on one occasion it flew across the street into someone's garden and posed nicely by some blue flowers. In this plumage the species is very similar to the blackpoll warbler.

  • Canon R7; 800 mm lens and 1.4X extender, fill-in flash (2022)