English and Scientific names:

Townsend's Warbler, Dendroica townsendi


Number of individuals: 

1, female or 1st fall male





Specific Locality:

Peveto Woods Sanctuary


Date(s) when observed:

September 20, 2010


Time(s) of day when observed:  

12:00 noon to 1:00PM


Reporting observer and address:

Dave Patton

Lafayette, LA 70506


Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):

Melvin Weber


Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)


Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):

Partly cloudy, followed bird around with good light from different directions.

Optical equipment: 



Distance to bird(s): 

20 feet to 100 feet


Duration of observation:

about 1 hour



Chenier woods. Mostly Live Oaks with rag weed understory.


Behavior of bird: 

Feeding actively in a small mixed flock of passerines. Calling often at 20 to 30 second intervals. Working the branches and leaves of the Live Oaks without much concern to our observing it. Often perching in the open, but quickly moving on. After an hour, it had made a large feeding circuit within the sanctuary and was back where we first saw it.



Medium size canopy feeding warbler. Dull green crown with yellow supercilium. Dark brownish cheek patch with distinct yellow crescent below the eye. Yellow stripe below the cheek patch and curving back around the patch. Throat yellow with dirty irregular black splotches as if a young male forming a full patch. Near continuous line across the lower throat with a yellow breast below it. Dark streaking on the sides of the breast. W!

 hite belly. Dark green back and wings with two bright white wing bars.



Rather flat chip note given frequently while foraging.


Similar species:

Black-throated Green Warbler. This one had a bright yellow breast below the dark throat.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Canon digital SLR with 300 mm lens.

by Dave Patton, attached

Previous experience with this species: 

Seen a few out west

Identification aids:

Sibley's at time.

This description is written from: 

Memory and looking at photos.

Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain: 



Date and time: 

Sept 21, 2010, 5PM