Sunday, September 14, 2008

Mystery Bird

I'm throwing myself on the mercy of experienced fall warbler birders to help me with an id on this little one. The lighting was terrible and my photos aren't great.

Any suggestions?

My thought is a Tennessee Warbler.

white undertail coverts

eyebrow stripe

pale under with no hints of streaks

light wingbar (although I think I see two)

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17 comments:

Patrick Belardo said...

I'd say that's a good candidate for Tennessee Warbler.

Jayne said...

LOL Lynne. I knew "warbler" and that's about it. ;c) Sure, uh, Tennessee Warbler, I'd bet. Ahem.

Deb said...

I think I had some of these guys flitting around here yesterday. They don't stand still very long, do they?

Mary said...

Looks like a warbler to me but don't take my word for it. After all, I still confuse finches and sparrows. "Spinch"

Richard said...

Are all 3 pictures of the same bird? The 3rd one looks like a female Tn. Warbler but don't know about the first 2. The black tip of the tail throws me.

Richard said...

Are all 3 pictures of the same bird? The 3rd one looks like a female Tn. Warbler but don't know about the first 2. The black tip of the tail throws me.

scienceguy288 said...

It certainly looks that way to me. I just checked my Peterson guide (It was under confusing warblers) and the wingbar seems to be the defining feature.

Trixie said...

I'm with Jayne....

RuthieJ said...

I saw one similar to this in my crabapple trees yesterday afternoon too, but it wouldn't even reveal itself long enough for a photo. I'll check back to see what the definitive ID is......
(why can't they all be like B&W warblers--I never have any trouble with that one--spring or fall! ;-)

Leedra said...

He is gorgeous, whatever he is. You got some great photos.

Linda in Erie said...

I think you are right (coming from a non-expert.) At least got some good photos of it to help get it id'd. Warblers don't seem to stay still long enough for me to get pictures.

Larry said...

Cool photos! I'm a tired non-expert so I'll take everyones' word for it.-Nice job getting pics though.

Bird Girl said...

Aren't they difficult to ID? But it is so exciting to get a new bird and these are great!!!

Shellmo said...

Either way - he's a cutie!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lynne,
I'm with you; your photos and
description say Tennessee Warbler
to me too.
Hap in New Hope

Corey said...

Definitely a Tennessee. Nice shots!

Marsha said...

What wonderful shots! I just love the one where he is hanging upside down!