Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Fall Warbler Quiz

OK, my peeps. Let's have a fall warbler quiz! I photographed this bird a few days ago in my yard in southeastern Ohio. Yes, it's a wood warbler and it's in non-breeding plumage.

You could even say it's a CFW: a Confusing Something Warbler. Or maybe the F just stands for Fall.

Please send in your best guess via the comments section below. I'll crown a winner in the next few days. The prize is bragging rights, baby.

Good luck and may the best bird watcher win!

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At 11:44 PM, Anonymous 2stampis2b said...

I'm taking a crack at it, even though I'm terrible at CFWs: pine warbler? I've had some tricky ones here in the Black Hills, and since we're typically on the edge of migration paths, I doubt myself even more.

At 11:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like a Blackpoll Warbler
to me.
Hap in New Hope (MN)

At 12:25 AM, Anonymous Neil Gilbert said...

Looks more like a Bay-breasted Warbler to me - warmer greenish-yellow overall than I would expect for a basic-plumaged BLPW. It also does not have any streaking below, which is good for BBWA. Lastly, there seems to be a very faint wash of buff on the sides.

-Neil G.

At 6:31 AM, Anonymous KatDoc said...

Oh, geez, Bill - you couldn't start with something easier?

My first guess was Pine, but after reading comments 2 & 3, I remembered the "bay-poll" warbler debates from last fall at Lake Erie.

Ugh - OK, put me down for one guess at Pine, but like the first commenter, I doubt myself.

~Kathi, the konfused

At 7:31 AM, Anonymous rmharvey said...

One of my birding mentors taught me "if it is yellow and you can't figure it out, it is probably a Pine Warbler".

At 8:17 AM, Anonymous Tucker Lutter said...

I'm also going to call it a Bay-breasted Warbler.

At 8:49 AM, Anonymous NCmountainwoman said...

Fall warbler works just fine for me.

At 10:04 AM, Anonymous Jeff Gyr said...

Hey BOTB--

I'm not surprised that Mr. Neil (Neil Gilbert, not Birdchick's Mr. Neil) nailed it straightaway. Nice going, Neil.

I just finished a post on a fall warbler that nicely dovetails--is the that the right term here?--with yours. It's here:

A "Selected" Fall Warbler

If the link doesn't work, just go to

At 4:06 PM, Anonymous kramer bill said...

looks like a pine warbler hey bill keep posting quiz birds keeps me studying thanks for your efforts

At 8:57 PM, Anonymous Animal Guy said...

CFWs, the nemesis of bird watchers!

I'm gonna guess Bay-breasted Warbler because its legs appear darker than a Blackpoll Warbler's would be.

At 9:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

chestnut sided???????? with all the years, i still am not fond of fall warbs

At 9:58 PM, Anonymous Grant McCreary said...

Can I just say Baypoll Warbler? :)
I'd have to go with Bay-breasted Warbler.

At 5:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely a Bay-breasted

At 11:33 PM, Anonymous Mary said...

Definitely a warbler. ;o)

At 9:10 AM, Anonymous Bill of the Birds said...

And the winner IS Neil Gilbert!
This is a bay-breasted warbler.
Thanks to all who played.

I'll post a fuller answer and explanation soon.

More ID Quiz Birds coming, too.

At 9:13 AM, Anonymous dguzman said...

Aw gee, too late for the prize! Well, that, and the fact that I figured pine warbler too... Oops.

Great feature--keep 'em coming!

At 5:29 AM, Anonymous animtreebird said...

Very beautiful bird. Nice photo. :)))


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