On January 24, Derek Muschalek found an ABA Code 4 Golden-crowned Warbler at Lyons Park in Refugio, Texas. This is the second time this species has been found at this site in as many years.
The bird was seen in Lyons/Shelley Park, which is on the southwest side of the town of Refugio. The park is along the Mission River, a couple blocks west of W Alamo Street. The bird was at the end of a boardwalk overlooking the river. There is a small pavilion at the boardwalk trailhead.
Golden-crowned Warbler has occurred in the ABA Area on several occasions, most recently at this very site in 2015. All records save one are from south Texas with the remaining one from New Mexico (2004).
The species is one of the Basileuterus warblers, a genus of robust, skulky, warblers of the neotropics. The only other representative of the genus to be recorded in the ABA Area is Rufous-crowned Warbler, which has bred regularly, but locally, in Texas and Arizona in recent years. Golden-crowned Warbler consists of 13 subspecies (and possibly 3 species) that range from northern Mexico and Uruguay. Birds in the ABA Area are mostly likely the northernmost brasherii subspecies of northeast Mexico, which is part of the “Stripe-crowned” group.
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