THE CREAGRUS CALIFORNIA LIST
A personal portfolio
all photos & text by Don Roberson
all photos taken in California
CERULEAN WARBLER Dendroica cerulea
Banders at Big Sur Ornithology Lab caught this young male 4 Oct 1995, and telephoned me at work. I arrived in time to take in-hand photos (left) but then I followed it after release for two hours, and obtained photos "in the wild" (right). During that period it fed actively with a mixed flock, poked around here and there in cottonwoods, and bathed in the Big Sur River.

The CERULEAN WARBLER is a very rare vagrant in California, with just over a dozen fall and spring vagrant records. It is among the very rarest of eastern warbler in the State; each one is an exceptional treat. Almost all have been at classic vagrant traps along the coast or east of the Sierra (but there is an astonishing record from Yosemite Valley!). My personal discovery of my own "state" bird was one of my better finds in California.

All of my California records are listed below. Those preceded by H were found or co-found by me personally; those preceded by K receive some partial credit (e.g., I was involved in sorting out i.d. of a previously discovered bird or refound a vagrant that had been thought to have left). These are my personal Cerulean Warbler records:

H 10/25/79    Carmel R. mouth MTY    imm male; description & sketch in my notes this was my first big find after moving to MTY
10/4/95    Big Sur R. mouth MTY    imm male; in-hand photos at BSOL; typed description & distant field photos while following for 2 hours
See the family page for county abbreviations. All photos & text © 2003 Don Roberson; all rights reserved.
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