Yellow-breasted Chat banded at Starr Ranch Sanctuary

This is the first time the species has been seen on the Sanctuary in 25 years.

Yellow-breasted Chat. Photo: Tom Sheffield

Alison, the seasonal ornithologist at Audubon Starr Ranch and her volunteer bird banders were excited to band the first Yellow-breasted Chat ever for our MAPS station. A chat, the largest of our warblers,  hasn't been seen at Starr Ranch in more than 25 years. Some believe that Yellow-breasted Chats are the result of a warbler crossing with a mockingbird.

The banding volunteers. Photo: Tom Sheffield
Longtime volunteer Janet Baumann admires the chat before release. Photo: Tom Sheffield
Yellow-breasted Chat. Photo: Tom Sheffield

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