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 MTYSee the family page for county abbreviations. All photos & text © 2003 Don Roberson; all rights reserved.
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
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