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#1 syncrasy

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 02:24 AM

The first bird is a warbler, yellow-green above, light below, white wing bars. The second bird appeared to be a vireo with yellow spectacles. Lousy pics, but perhaps someone can help narrow down the ID. Thanks.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 02:31 AM

Maybe Blackpoll Warbler, and Tufted Titmouse...

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 02:45 AM

The first one looks like a Blackpoll, the second one a Yellow-throated Vireo.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 02:51 AM

Thanks guys. I was leaning toward Blackpoll and Y-T Vireo but I couldn't see the warbler's legs and only got a fleeting look at the vireo.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 12:50 PM

Not positive on the first bird (tough to rule out Pine without a shot of the back and legs) but I'd lean Blackpoll. Second is definitely a Yellow-throated Vireo.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 01:14 PM

The tail's too short for a Pine Warbler on that first bird.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 07:21 PM

Second bird can't be a Yellow-throated Vireo because this bird has all yellow on the under belly but in the sibley it shows yellow until the chest. My first thought for the bird was a White-eyed Vireo. Agree with Blackpoll.
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Posted 05 September 2012 - 08:15 PM

Thinking Pine Warbler for #1 (under tail not right for blackpoll, not sure on #2, too much yellow underneath for a YT Vireo (unless it's a lighting problem).

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 09:00 PM

What's wrong with the undertail on #1? Pine's should have a longer, slimmer tail with shorter undertail coverts and smaller black spots than this, from what I can pick up in Dunn and Garrett.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 09:02 PM

I'll have to retract the YT Vireo on #2, based on the amount of yellow (good call, johnnybirder) -- how about juvenile Kentucky Warbler?

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 09:47 PM

id say blackpoll and juvie white eyed vireo

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 11:18 PM

Second bird can't be a Yellow-throated Vireo because this bird has all yellow on the under belly but in the sibley it shows yellow until the chest. My first thought for the bird was a White-eyed Vireo. Agree with Blackpoll.

id say blackpoll and juvie white eyed vireo


I agree. Second bird looks great for juvenile White-eyed Vireo: gray head with conspicuous yellow spectacles. Looks just like all the young WEVIs I see.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 11:52 PM

Hey Liam... wheres the love for Johnnybirder? J/K :P

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 01:57 AM

Thanks for the additional input. For #1, how would Bay-breasted be eliminated? For #2, I wasn't aware that immature White-eyed Vireos have dark irises (and I'm not near my field guides), but W-E Vireo is consistent with my memory of the GISS of the bird. Having said that, I am uncertain about the true coloring of the underparts or the extent of yellow; underexposed or backlit areas often appear yellow in my photos. I'm only certain that the spectacles were distinctly yellow.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 02:08 AM

Thanks for the additional input. For #1, how would Bay-breasted be eliminated? For #2, I wasn't aware that immature White-eyed Vireos have dark irises (and I'm not near my field guides), but W-E Vireo is consistent with my memory of the GISS of the bird. Having said that, I am uncertain about the true coloring of the underparts or the extent of yellow; underexposed areas often appear yellow in my photos. I'm only certain that the spectacles were distinctly yellow.


The undertail pattern for #1 eliminates Bay breasted. #2 Yes juvie WE Vireos have dark eyes and the darker/greyer colored head and yellowish undertail supports WE Vireo.
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