Delilahae

Is it Possible to ID These Bird?.

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Almost anywhere else in the country, this would be an easy ID -- only two birds have that odd-shaped eyering, and Hutton's Vireo is a southwestern specialty. Unfortunately, that includes a good deal of California, and I can't see either the wing or the feet well enough to say for sure.

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looks like a ruby crowned kinglet to me due to the complete and bolder eye ring and thinner bill. huttons vireo eyering isnt as distinct and bill is thicker on a vireo

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My favorite reference book, American Museum of Natural History Birds of North America shows both Hutton's and RCKI with a broken eye ring.

Julie

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I agree, the eyering isn't really a useful ID feature. The wings are hidden, and so are the legs, but the bill does appear to be pretty slim, and Ruby-crowned Kinglets are much more common than Hutton's Vireo's, so I'd say it's probably (but not certainly) and Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

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