Date: 11/2/18 5:13 pm
From: Betsy Kane (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: confusing fall warbler for a so-so birder
A number of folks have replied to suggest Cape May warbler, dull version.

Guess I need to spend more time looking out the back door! Or keep the
binoculars closer to hand.


On Fri, Nov 2, 2018 at 7:40 PM Betsy Kane <oldurbanist...> wrote:

> Last weekend (Oct 27 or 28) I had a bland little warbler foraging in a
> medium-sized eastern red cedar tree in the yard here in Little Washington
> on the Pamlico. I had just a few glimpses of it (and only one quick look
> through the binocs) before it took off, but got a decent look at two field
> marks in particular:
> - multiple thin dull streaks on a very light breast
> - had one good dorsal view of the bird showing an overall dull color but
> with a good sized olive green patch on the lower back to rump (not really a
> "patch", as the oval of olive green blended into the rather dull gray or
> dun-gray rest of the back of the bird)
> The other "field mark" in terms of behavior: This bird went rather
> variously among the foliage of the cedar tree, turning sideways and around,
> moving frequently and in variously angled poses. About 15 feet up most of
> the time. Active, for a warbler, but not excessively active like a
> kinglet. And seemed to be after something(s) tucked away all inside and
> about the cedar tree.
> The rest of the bird was just pretty dull. I thought it was just pale
> underneath, but didn't get a good look at the undertail coverts. And the
> head and face, blandish, all I got was a somewhat dark small eye & if any
> facial markings, they were not strong.
> I guess it could be a dull version of palm warbler. Is there anything
> else I should be looking at?
> Betsy Kane
> Washington, N.C.

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