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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Arctic Warbler

I think this is a Arctic Warbler, correct me if I am wrong. Poor lighting!


11 comments:

digdeep said...

Interesting! Any more pics, especially more side on, or showing the back end.

jytou said...

I think it had chances of being an Eastern Crowned for having a rather grey head, it would be interesting if you could show photos of the crown that is not under lighting disturbance and the vent to see if it is yellowish.

yen said...

Gentlemen,

Thank you for commenting. No, I don't have any other better photo to share.

The whitish vent in photo 1 (not fully visible) was the reason why I assumed it to be Arctic.

Thanks again.

jytou said...

The grey head, yellowish wash on wings, yellowish on flanks that may extend to tail give me a strong feel of an Eastern Crowned, I saw a pair in Fraser's late last year which I initial ID as Arctic Warbler and only corrected my ID when I get back home to lowlands when I was suddenly struck by the idea that I may be wrong. Turns out without photo, and remembering that I saw the grey head and yellowish vent, helps me to find the actual ID of it when I check the book.

The vent of this bird is primarily white, but had a weak yellowish wash that is absent in the Arctic Warbler that should not be whitish vent only but a poor white vent. Too bad you did not get a shot of the vent to show if it had yellowish tinge in it but I would think that your bird would resembles more of an Eastern Crowned than Arctic.

Tip: The calls is the most reliable method to identify any Phylloscopus leaf warblers with exact certainty when features could not be clearly observed, provided by the activeness of these warblers.

Chris said...

Excellent sighting and beautiful shots congrats!

yen said...

jytou, thanks again, oh happy birding.

digdeep said...

Hi Yen

The lower mandible pattern is wrong for Eastern Crowned (should be unmarked orange-yellow). I think this is a Yellow-browed Warbler. I was hoping you might have some shots to shows the tertials, which should have pale edges.

digdeep said...

Hi Yen

If this were an Eastern-crowned, the lower mandible would be unmarked orange-yellow. I think this is a Yellow-browed Warbler. Photos of the rear end should show pale edges to the tertials.

yen said...

it's a tricky business to id the subject when the subject is not appropriately presented. it is equally challenging to capture your subject under circumstances beyond your control. comments most appreciated and i hope it benefited the bird watcher group at large. i have to say the least. happy birding and happy holiday.

mikebirder said...

I think it is the yellow browed as I say it too last weekend but from afar Will post mine

Anonymous said...

Madi got some shots too if it hepls........mikebirder