The Allen Canyon Painted Redstart
Interesting to hear that Nathan found a painted redstart in Allen canyon, which I assume he probably accessed via Allen road or Allen Street which is a cul-de-sac that we used to bird fairly regularly 5 to 10 years ago in winter and spring. But then they cut down a bunch of the eucalyptus trees in the canyon and it's not as good as it used to be. There was a painted redstart there near the bottom of Allen road several winters ago but then not the last couple Winters but it was only checked once or twice at most per winter and could have been missed, so it is possible it's the same bird returning. Of course it might also be a new bird this year…. Also, fwiw, it is essentially impossible to age and sex painted redstarts in the field other than juveniles still in juvenile plumage, not long after they fledge out of the nest. After that they all look the same.
Paul Lehman (currently in New Jersey)
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