May 5, 2017

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Bill Maynard, a botanist and former high school biology teacher, has worked for various government agencies from Alaska to South Florida and for The American Birding Association. He discovered the 87,000 acre Chico Basin Ranch to be the perfect natural laboratory to study and photograph birds, dragonflies, grasshoppers and other insects. Chico Basin Ranch Natural History Resources : BIRDING CHECKLIST // BIRDING MAP // DRAGONFLY & DAMSELFLY CHECKLIST //

The name is deceiving in that Magnolia Warbler in a northern species breeding mostly in Canada and northern U.S. and may never see a magnolia tree.  It is seen most years in spring migration on the Chico and today was a good day as the one seen early eventually found a mist net so it was banded. On their breeding grounds Magnolia Warblers prefer second growth deciduous woods and coniferous forests.  Like Yellow-rumped Warbler, Magnolia Warblers also have a yellow rump.  Its long tail is a feature to look for but the striking color pattern is unmistakable and makes it a favorite of birders who get a chance to see one. While feeding it often prefers low vegetation where it sometimes can be seen spreading its tail while foraging. David Sibley, who was featured last year at the birding workshop at the MZ, painted a Magnolia Warbler for the cover of his field guide to the birds of North America.