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Yellow-throated Warbler (Dendroica dominica) in El Dorado Reserve by Guy Foulks and Debbie Hahn

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Published on May 8, 2009

First confirmed record of Yellow-throated Warbler in South America - filmed by Guy Foulks and Debbie Hahn. Yellow-throated Warbler is known previously on the South American mainland only from a series of sight records and a "Bogotá" specimen. On 4 November 2007 Trevor Ellery observed an adult Yellow-throated Warbler Dendroica dominica at Reserva Natural de Aves "El Dorado", Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia at the border between a Mexican Pine Pinus patula plantation and native forest in a mixed species flock including Black-throated Green-Warbler Dendroica virens. The locality is on the main road that runs through the reserve, c. 3 km by road above the Sierra Nevada EcoLodge (see map). Unaware of the previous observation, Thomas Donegan observed the same species, and presumably the same individual, at the very same spot at c. 14.00 hrs on 3 January 2009 in a flock together with Slate-throated Whitestart Myioborus miniatus and Blackburnian Warbler D. fusca. Two observations of this Neotropical vagrant sparked what may be one of the first examples of a "twitch" in Colombia. Various bird tour groups, which frequently visit the reserve, made a special effort to observe the species. On 20 February 2009, a photograph this video were taken by Deb Hahn and Guy Foulks respectively on a tour guided by Trevor Ellery. As a result of the photograph published here, this species now finally has a "confirmed" locality on the South American mainland.

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