Male common yellowthroat found struck on SR 82 near Aurora Wetlands entrance.
This medium sized warbler is a year-round resident of Legacy Park. The male of this species has a black mask and a brilliant yellow throat and breast while the female lacks a mask and is an overall greenish yellow. They are usually found in thickets near water. Listen for the song (“witchity-witchity-witchity”) as this bird is more often heard than seen.
Some of the other songbirds that may be found in the park are:
Song Sparrow, California Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird, Wrentit, Bushtit, Bewick’s Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Lesser Goldfinch, Hooded Oriole, Great-tailed Grackle, and a variety of migratory warblers and sparrows.
The Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) is a New World warbler. They are abundant breeders in North America, ranging from southern Canada to central Mexico.