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Blue-winged warbler        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Blue-winged warblers breed in the eastern US, rarely getting much west of the Mississippi River, so it was a surprise when this one turned up in a city park in Long Beach, California (not too far from where an even rarer visitor, a red-flanked bluetail, was also present).   Like many wood warblers, it was quite hard to photograph: fast-moving and generally high in the treetops -- mainly sycamores, where it fed amongst dead leaves and seed pods, but also oaks.   Unlike most warblers, blue-wings do not molt into a drab winter plumage, so this bird was quite colorful.

  • Canon 7D2; 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter; fill-in flash on some images (2019)