I'm sticking with Bay-breasted. Blackpoll should have yellow feet.
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On Oct 9, 2008, at 9:37 AM, Ernie Buford wrote:
> Oh the agony! But wait, there's more. I managed to round up a few
> more photos. This is the entire lot -- the good, the bad, and the
> Top vote-getters so far are bay-breasted and blackpoll. What say
> you now?
> Thanks for playing!
> Fred and Chris Pratt wrote:
>> Well, you're right - with just these two photos a definitive
>> answer may not be possible. For example, I am uncomfortable
>> pronouncing the back streaked (and therefore a Blackpoll or a Bay-
>> breasted) or unstreaked (and therefore a Pine). Also, is the
>> mantle a dark green as the top photo suggests or almost yellow-
>> greenish as the lower photo suggests? The latter color might push
>> us towards Blackpoll (though leg color isn't as pale or as orange
>> as one would like for Blackpoll). Finally, the lower photo
>> suggests a touch of buff or bay on the flank (barely visible)
>> which of course could close the deal for Bay-breasted.
>> Another interesting thing to note is the eye which seems to have
>> crescents rather than an eyebrow. To me this is suggestive of a
>> Pine Warbler.
>> If I saw this bird in the field, I am sure it would be readily
>> identifiable. However, if I were still on the Bird Records
>> Committee, I would be seeking to know how other members would
>> respond to the questions I have raised regarding the two photos.
>> I guess I think the back is streaked - and therefore not a Pine -
>> so if a gun were at my head, I would probably go with a bay-breast.
>> But who knows - maybe the poor thing is a Blackpoll! Or maybe
>> that back isn't streaked after all.
>> Ernie Buford wrote:
>>> Here's a Fall quiz bird for you all. I have my own guess plus an
>>> opinion from a member of the bird records committee, but be
>>> forewarned that there may not be a definitive answer. All I have
>>> at the moment are these two photos:
>>> This bird hit a window in Bristol last week and was photographed
>>> by a friend of mine. Which warbler is it, and why? Give it a shot.
>>> Ernie Buford