Re: Warbling Vireo or?? Ocean Beach Park
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Hi folks - More info on this. Some other knowledgeable folk have weighed in on this bird. Paul Lehman leans Warbling Vireo, and I understand Louis Bevier is pretty strongly in the Warbling Vireo camp. Steve's caution about letting some birds go is certainly warranted in this case.
On Mon, Sep 17, 2018 at 8:08 AM, Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
I didn't see all the photos the first time I looked at the bird, just three of them, including the 2 and 3, which are most like like Warbling. Having looked at all five, I agree that the case for a Philadelphia Vireo is stronger than I first opined and there is a good chance this is one. My experience with fall Philadelphia Vireos is fairly limited, but the couple I have seen in CA plus Tom Turner's recent bird were more strongly yellow in the throat/breast area that this bird. I think Jim makes several good points, but I think photos can exaggerate subtle contrasts. For example, one photo shows almost unmarked lores, while others (more accurately IMO) show well-marked lores. I don't think it's that unusual for Warbling Vireos to show a green back/gray crown contrast. I had at least one such bird early yesterday.
On Sun, Sep 16, 2018 at 11:47 PM Steven Gaulin <gaulin@...
I think, in addition to the soggy status of the bird, that foreshortening is a significant issue in the available photo. I have experience with PHVI from 30 years of residence in PA, and I would not confidently classify this bird as such. I do understand the importance of doing our best to identify potentially rare visitors, but we also should appreciate the vagaries of viewing conditions, etc. Sadly, not all birds are identifiable.
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