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Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 2 Oct 2014 00:05:34 +0000
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Charlotte Bill <[log in to unmask]>
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Hi Ken,

Thanks for following up about this! Initially, after looking at Peterson and National Geographic 5th edition, I'd had hopes for a young Bay-breasted Warbler, but then I looked at Audubon online photos and Sibley and gave up on that idea! After posting, I heard from Ian Worley, who made the same suggestion as you do (female Pine Warbler). He thought the timing was a tad early for Blackpoll Warbler, which seemed to be the only other possibility. 

Hey! I see you and Julie have added Dunlin to your lists! That's great! It surely has been an exciting year for shorebirds in Franklin County!

Thanks again for writing!Charlotte

On Wednesday, September 24, 2014 10:38 PM, Ken Copenhaver <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi Charlotte.

I just found this in my Spam folder.  Gmail has been putting a lot of
VTBird messages in Spam lately, and I forget to check for them.

Wandering if you solved this warbler mystery?  I'm thinking first year
female Pine Warbler, though they do have a slight eye-stripe.  The
combination of wing-bars but no eye-ring, no eye-stripes, no yellow, and no
streaking is a challenge!

I'm pretty sure I saw a Nashville and a Tennessee together in my yard this
evening.  Interesting combination (geographically speaking).  I'm sure of
the Nashville (gray head, eye ring, yellow undertail coverts), but the
Tennessee is more iffy as it looked like the adult breeding female in
Sibley with a pale yellow wash on the throat.  Hard to say what
non-breeding female should look like.  The Warbler Guide says "in Fall some
adult males may be separable, all others not" but it's not really clear how
to separate them.  Fall Warblers: The Ultimate Challenge -- should be a
video game!!!


On Sat, Sep 6, 2014 at 1:22 PM, Charlotte Bill <[log in to unmask]>

> Greetings,
> Two warblers stopped by this morning with the chickadees at the balsams in
> front of our porch. I got a few details on the first bird but not on the
> second before they all flew.
> Is there enough here for an ID on the first bird?
> *two white wing bars per wing (very obvious, very striking)
> *small, thin, pointy dark beak (definitely a warbler beak)
> *olive-brown back and head
> *light buffy breast and belly
> *no eye ring
> *no noticeable eyebrows or eye lines
> *no yellow at all
> *no streaking anywhere
> Unfortunately, I did not notice its undertail coverts, corners of tail, or
> color of legs and feet.
> Picture a female Black-throated Blue Warbler with two very distinct white
> wing bars on each wing (instead of little white wing patch), and with a
> plain, olive-brown head without a white eyebrow, and that's a lot like the
> bird I saw.
> Again, is there enough here for an ID? Thanks in advance!
> Charlotte Bill
> Enosburgh