Janet noticed this young male Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) in the Bodega Marine Lab parking lot on 9 June 2015. Luckily, it was still around on 10 June, so I documented it with a few pictures and an audio recording.
Although I've photographed several Chestnut-sided Warblers in the fall, I think this is the first time I've seen one on Bodega Head in the spring.
After the rain last night and this morning (!), the warbler spent quite a bit of time preening and trying to dry off. It alternated preening bouts and feeding bouts, and was very vocal, singing loudly throughout the morning. (I first heard it while working inside at my desk!)
While feeding, it actively looked for insects among the leaves and branches:
And here's the audio recording. You might need to turn up your volume. [If you can't see the audio file below, click on the title of this post above to view the file on the web page.]
Sometimes this warbler's song is translated as "Pleased, pleased, pleased to meet you!" Chestnut-sided Warblers have two types of songs: one that sounds like that phrase with an accent on the "you," and another that has an unaccented-ending. Mostly this bird seemed to be singing the unaccented-ending song, but if you listen closely around 12-13 seconds, you can hear a quiet version of the accented "Pleased to meet you" phrase.
What a treat to hear this handsome warbler on the West Coast!