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This morning a group of six Mad Birders enjoyed superb looks at a bright 
Orange-crowned Warbler in Moretown. If this individual was of the 
eastern race celata, it was a very nicely marked specimen with strong 
grayish cast to the upperparts, considerable yellowish tinge to the 
breast and obvious yellow undertail coverts. Other features well 
observed by all were the thin pointed bill (eliminating the possibility 
of Philadelphia Vireo), a thin dark line through the eye, and faint 
streaking on the sides of the breast. There was no eye ring, only the 
suggestion of eye crescents; also a very faint abbreviated single wing 
bar. The strong yellow undertail coverts eliminate any possibility this 
bird was a Tennessee Warbler.

The bird was studied for at least fifteen minutes in excellent light and 
at a distance of about fifteen feet, while it foraged in a low shrub 
surrounded by goldenrod. The time was between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m.

The bird was found on the property of Scott and Pat Sainsbury, which is 
located off Route 100B about a mile or two north of the village of 
Moretown.  This is, of course, private property: however, they are 
holding a fair with barbecue today (costs $15 a person, I believe) so 
that would make it possible to try for this bird. It could well be the 
Orange-crowned will hang around until evening before continuing on its 
way south.

Pipit