Townsend’s Warbler Records

A western species of warbler that occasionally is found along the east coast in winter, Townsend’s Warbler has been documented four times in Pennsylvania.

Two Pennsylvania records of Townsend’s Warbler are listed in The Birds of Pennsylvania by Brauning & McWilliams (2000). The first was collected by C.D. Wood near Brandywine, Chester Co. on 12 May 1868 (specimen is at the Academy of Natural Sciences). The second appeared in a yard in Drums, Luzerne Co. on 15 December 1997 and remained until 15 March 1998 (photographed & seen by many observers). Since the publishing of The Birds of Pennsylvania, there have been two records of Townsend’s Warbler in PA. First was a bird reported by Tony Croasdale at Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center in Delaware County from 20-21 November 2010 (photographed & seen by many observers). The most recent was at the residence of Dr. Green south of Carlisle, PA in Cumberland County that was first reported on January 18, 2012 and seen by many birders as it stayed for several weeks.

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738-01-2018 Townsend’s Warbler Lehigh

Species: Townsend’s Warbler (Dendroica townsendi)

Number of Individuals observed:  1

Date of Sighting:  9/15/2018

County :   Lehigh

Location :  Bake Oven Knob

GPS Coordinates:

Observer(s):  Scott Keys

Date of Submission:  9/17/2018

Submitted by:  Scott Keys

Written Description:             Yes     Photo:            Yes     Specimen:     no   Recording:  no

eBird Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48520202

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738-01-2017 Townsend’s Warbler Columbia

Species: Townsend’s Warbler (Dendoica townsendi)

Number of Individuals observed: 1

Date of Sighting: 1/13/2017

County :   Columbia

Location : 500 block of E 3rd Street, Bloomsburg (private)

GPS Coordinates:

Observer(s): Kathryn Yelinek

Date of Submission:   1/13/2017

Submitted by: Kathryn Yelinek

Written Description:            Yes     Photo:           Yes     Specimen:     no   Recording: no

eBird Checklist:  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S33692133

Video:  P9170176 

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738-01-2012 Townsend’s Warbler

This Townsend’s Warbler was seen by many birders after being reported by Dr. Green when he saw it at his feeders. This is the 4th record for Pennsylvania and the first for Cumberland County.

Townsend’s Warbler (Tom Johnson)

Townsend’s Warbler (Alex Lamoreaux)

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738-01-2010 Townsend’s Warbler

This bird was found by Wendy Willis, Dan Efroymson, and Tony Croasdale. Note the dark ear patch on the yellow face, dark crown, dark streaking on the sides, and white wingbars. The second photo also shows the dark streaking on the back. This bird represents the 3rd record for Pennsylvania!

Townsend’s Warbler — Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center, Delaware County; November 20, 2010. Photos by Holly Merker.


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