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#1 Joejr14

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 03:45 PM

South Windsor again this am...

Flycatcher....certainly not a Phoebe...finally. EWP would be late...

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Vireo? I can't find a match in Sibley's, but since I pretty much suck with all things warbler/vireo, I'm sure I'm missing something.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 03:58 PM

I think you're correct with EWP, but not sure. The second looks like a blue-headed vireo.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:00 PM

I agree with BarnSwallow.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:03 PM

My only issue with Blue-headed, is well, the head seems super light, and the undertail coverts look yellow in the picture. Sibleys shows them as white.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:22 PM

I think the vireo photo is overexposed, which would cause the light head, and the undertail coverts look like a case of a shadow right next to the yellow flanks. Nothing else on the east coast is going to have complete white spectacles on a gray head. And this guy's too contrasting to be Cassin's, Plumbeous, or even Gray, just to cover the (remotely) possible vagrants.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:24 PM

Blue-headed are variable in color. This one may be a 1st fall individual - they are lighter on the head, but still retain the color on the flanks (which sometimes bleed into the vent, forming a "belt"). I don't think the vent is yellow - appearance may be due to lighting or photographic elements.

The Blue-headed is the only one of the "Solitary" Vireos you are likely to find in CT.

Despite the apparent single wingbar (Blue-headed usually have two, looks like the scaps are covering the upper one), the complete eyering eliminates Bell's.

However, I commend you for questioning the ID - that's how rarities are found.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:37 PM

I've gotta second Liam regarding questioning the ID -- no matter what we or anyone else may say, it's a good idea to keep at it until you're satisfied.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:43 PM

Were good with EWP for the flycatcher? It'd be a lifer.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:44 PM

That's certainly what I'd call it -- no obvious eyering and a long primary projection.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 05:13 PM

Definitely an EWP, with that long primary projection.

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