I also thought at first of a Pine Warbler. These birds are seed-eaters so 
food is available and according to National Geographic's site, they 
occasionally linger on their breeding ground into December to January. On 
the other hand, I'm also looking at  Blackpolls. In the picture, its legs 
appear very light. If you type in blackpoll warbler in your browser and 
click images, there are a couple of pictures that look similar to this one.
Bonnie Dundas
PS More pictures!

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From: "anneboby" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, December 29, 2011 4:23 PM
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Winter Mystery ID

My first inclination was F Black-throated Blue, but the more I looked at it, 
the more I questioned that choice, because I cannot be certain that the 
white "wingspot" is not a wingbar (at the tips of the greater secondary 
coverts) of a Pine Warbler rather than the white bases of the primaries of a 
Black-throated Blue.

Pine Warblers are a more hardy species and more likely to be found very 
early in the Spring, as well as out of season in the Fall.  This bird has 
the shape of a Pine.  A Redstart or Yellow it is not.

Get more pictures,

Bob Yunick
Schenectady, NY

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From: Randy Schmidt <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thu, Dec 29, 2011 3:45 pm
Subject: [VTBIRD] Winter Mystery ID

I had a customer send me a photo of a bird that showed up yesterday on their
eck in Arlington, VT - Have had a couple of guesses at the ID, but thought I
ould put it out there for more input.  Have had a couple of votes for female
merican Redstart, or maybe what Sibley calls Brownish 1st year Yellow 

Any thoughts or input appreciated -
Thanks -
he Vermont Bird Place & Sky Watch
anchester Center, VT