Hermit WarblerDendroica occidentalis (Townsend)
Status Two records. Two females, easily distinguished in several close-up photographs, occurred on Sable Island in spring 1975: the first was found by Davis Finch, Ian McLaren and Edward Miller on 26-27 May and the second was found by Finch on 4 June.
Remarks This is the most western of the vagrant warblers that have appeared in Nova Scotia. Its breeding range extends from Washington State to southern California. The Sable Island birds were the first for Canada, although they have since been recorded in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. With its extensive yellow face (including forehead) and gray back, the species, if well seen, cannot be confused with the Black-throated Green Warbler.
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