Warblers and Woodpeckers Out West
This is probably an Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler, too. It looks different than the one above because it is displaying it's "mostly concealed and sometimes lacking" crown patch (description from Peterson's A Field Guide to Warblers of North America). Does anyone else find all this a bit confusing? The worst part is that these are supposedly easy-to-identify warblers. There were probably a bunch of other warblers at Sweetwater Wetlands, but all I know is that we saw a lot of little birds bopping around the place!
I'm also not sure what kind of hawk this is! I think my brain is overloaded with the huge variety of new species I saw on this trip west - and by the unexpected fact that some familiar species look a lot different out there than they do here. Some Red-tailed Hawks in Arizona and California have much darker faces than I'm used to, for instance. So feel free to let me know what species of hawk we have here - because I give up!