A solitary Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) has been a common sight around my home up until late December 2016 (which is uncommon). I also had a very early sighting of it this year, which makes me wonder, Did it ever leave? Is it the same bird?
Each time I spotted this ground forager it was among Dark-eyed Juncos (which were around from September through to last week) and Chipping Sparrows (when they appeared early Spring).
One thing is for certain, I will never take a flock of Dark-eyed Juncos or Chipping Sparrows for granted (not like I ever did!).
Did you have any out of place birds in your yard this winter or spring?
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