Excerpt from a letter written
by Alan S. Condie to Terry Sadler
Yesterday Jay Banta allowed me the opportunity to bird watch in some of the typically closed areas of Fish Springs. At 10:30am I sighted a Canada Warbler at the bridge connecting the Harrison and Gadwall Pools (which were dry). This was a five inch warbler with a solid olive-gray head-back-wings; the wings had no wing bars; pale yellow eye spectacles; the neck and body were yellow; and this bird had four dark streaks down the upper breast. The breast streaks were not as melanistic as shown for the male Canada Warbler and did not have the bluish-gray head and back as described for the male in reference books. The bird appeared to be identical to the one listed as the female in the Peterson Field Guide "Western Birds". As an artist I would describe the "necklace" streaks as "muddy forest green" color ... I noticed in the reference book: "Field Guide to the Birds of North America" by the National Geographic Society that the female Canada Warbler is shown with an indistinct "necklace". this individual bird was profoundly tame and I was able to view the field marks (or absence of some field markings) for twenty minutes while it fed on insects from bushes only twenty to thirty feet from my vehicle.