1 Nov 1996 at Carmel MTY
The PAINTED REDSTART is a rare but irregular visitor to California; some have set up breeding territories in southern California mountains and there is an unsuccessful nesting attempt, while a smattering of others have been spring or fall vagrants, or exceptional winterers. Almost all records are from southern California but there are at least three in northern California, including the Monterey County bird (photo above).
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 Painted Redstart records:
7/18/74 Agua Dolphe Campg., Laguna Mts., SD 1 adult [one of the pair that attempted to nest here this summer]See the family page for county abbreviations. All photos & text © 2003 Don Roberson; all rights reserved.
5/15/76 Clark Mt. SBE adult in White Fir forest patch near top
6/28/77 New York Mts. SBE singing male heard only in response to tape
1/31/88 Santa Maria SBA wintering bird at Waller Park; details in field notes
10/31-11/1/96 Mission Trails Park, Carmel MTY photos (one of them above), sketch & typed description
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