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Chestnut-sided warbler        Images © Mark A. Chappell

The chestnut-sided warbler is one of my favorite wood warblers, but it breeds in eastern North America and only occasionally gets to the west coast.   These are breeding-plumage males:   one that overwintered in Fairmount Park in Riverside, California, and one near Twin Lakes, Colorado (a small isolated population breeds in the Front Range).   Winter-plumage birds, although not as flashy as breeding males, are quite attractive, with bright wing bars and yellow-green backs and crowns.

  • Canon 1D4 or 7D2; 800 mm IS lens with 1.4X converter; fill-in flash (2014, 2015)