James — March 21, 12:41AM
bird ID Lucy's warbler New Mexico
I saw a warbler-like bird in southwestern New Mexico at the very top of a cottonwood along a rushing stream. Unfortunately, I was under the bird and it was probably 40 feet up, sitting on an outstretched twig so that I was unable to see the back or rump or top of its head. I am inclined to call it a Lucy's warbler, but it clearly had faint, tawny coloration on the breast below the throat and just off to the sides. It was somewhat like a Say's phoebe in coloration, but very much smaller and clearly not a phoebe says or otherwise. So, my question is not so much what do yoiu think it was as this is hardly enough information. But rather, have people seen Lucy's warblers with soft, tawny coloration on the breast and sides as I have described?