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Hermit warbler        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Hermit warblers are birds of northwestern forests that pass through California on migration; many overwinter in conifers.   I photographed this in Monterey and Pacific Grove, California (the flying bird landed on a boat several kilometers offshore).   Breeding-plumage males have a brilliant yellow face and crown, with a black rim and throat.   More photos of this species are here.

  • Canon R5 or R7; 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, fill-in flash (2022)