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#ABArare – Golden-crowned Warbler – Texas

Though it’s been present for almost 2 weeks now, I thought I’d mention this bird as it’s still sticking around. On September 26th, Angelina Vasquez discovered an ABA Code 4 Golden-crowned Warbler at Frontera Audubon Center in Hidalgo, Texas.

Frontera Audubon Center is a small urban preserve in Weslaco, Texas. The street address is 1101 S. Texas Blvd. Normal hours of operation are 8 am – 4 pm but in the event of a good bird hours are often extended. There is an admission charge for access to the property ($5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students, children free). For more information, see Frontera Audubon’s website here.

Golden-crowned Warbler has occurred in the ABA Area on several occasions, most recently in Refugio in 2017. All records save two are from south Texas with one from New Mexico (2004) and another earlier this year in Colorado.

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-capped 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.