Tech park Magnolia Warbler
Jeff, Peggy, Janice & I arrived at the west end of about 8:45. Some birders already there but the MAWA had not been seen. I started focusing my viewing in the NW jog in the parking lot. There were lots of birds as Rob Lindsay said in his post, so it was hard to determine what to look at next. I eventually relocated to the more southern portion of the NW jog and spied an odd looking warbler with strong white wing bars and a gray head. Before I could get a good look it flew to a bush in front of the condo to the west then immediately west into the Tipu trees on the west side of the condo parking area. I kept my vision in that location hoping for the bird to pop out. Eventually it did but flew to the topped trees in the middle of the condo parking area. It finally came back into the tipu next to the locked driveway between the condos and the tech park at about 8:59. There I followed it as it made its way east to the corner of the corner of the jog in the parking area. It remained there on the western edge of the tipu trees. There a good number of people were able to get good looks. We finally lost the bird at 9:08.
I refound the bird at 9:39 and again at 9:55. pretty much working the western half of the parking area (trees on both sides of the west parking slots)
I noted that the bird gravitated to the outer edges of the lower
branches of the trees. I did not really find it working high up or
in the middle of the trees. So that is the place to focus your
energies if you go hunting. Also look for the under tail pattern
bold black on the outer half of the under tail, white on the inner
half and vent area.
-- David Levasheff Santa Barbara, CA