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#1 MWM

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:12 PM

Wondering if this is a Philadelphia Warbler? Seen in upstate NY (west of Syracuse) on 5/6/12.


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Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:17 PM

Looks like a Philadelphia Vireo.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:29 PM

Looks like a Warbling Vireo to me. Reflected light from the leaves is making the underside look greenish-yellow.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:38 PM

Looks like a Philadelphia -- on a Warbling, the lores are pale. This guy shows a clear dark patch there.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 12:07 PM

I saw something like this yesterday in Windsor, VT. I can't tell if it's a Philadelphia or a Warbling Vireo. Solid light grey on the back and a dingy white almost olive underneath. No wing bars. Wondering if 1.) anyone could help with that. 2.) What's the easiest way to differentiate between a Philadelphia and a Warbling Vireo? They look pretty similar to my amateur eyes...

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 06:54 PM

Philadelphia for me. The facial markings on a Warbling wouldn't be this prominent, especially the dark eye-line.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 07:58 PM

Definitely a Warbling - on Philly, the throat is yellow and the demarcated cap is slate gray.
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 08:29 PM

Here's a pic of a Warbling Vireo (same date & area as above pic). On this one I can see a whitish throat and stronger yellow on the sides, the above pic seems to be more uniform yellow below.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 12:17 PM

Okay, the votes are about tied between Philly and Warbling Vireo! Anyone else want to take a stab at it?

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:32 PM

I say Warbling because the he doesn't have the gray cap. Also, his bill is slightly pinkish-gray with a gray tip.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:51 PM

Tough picture, but I'm throwing my hat in the warbling camp based on: 1) two-tone bill 2) unformity of color underneath. While the yellowish color may be reflected light, I would expect the philadelphia to show a darker throat.

In a foliage heavy picture like this, I wouldn't trust the gray vs. black cap marker because shadows and little streaks of light can be confusing.

Changed my mind. I have no idea which vireo this is.




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