Friday, September 26, 2008

New Bird ID Quiz

Dear Bill of the Birds Readers:

Here's one to ponder over the weekend. What is this bird?

Hint: It IS a warbler. I took this photo on Monday, September 22, 2008, in my yard in southeastern Ohio. So we know it's not a chiff-chaff.

Good luck!

And when you're done with this quiz, get out to see some REAL birds this weekend.
It's the peak of fall migration here in the Midwest.



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At 12:34 PM, Anonymous Alan said...

Could it be a Tennessee warbler?

At 2:29 PM, Anonymous kramerbill said...

ouch i have sorta narrowed it to a tennessee or orange-crowned. bill i need to go with you on a fall warbler hike- actually many hikes. thanks for sharing

At 8:00 PM, Anonymous Grant McCreary said...

Tennessee Warbler
I'm assuming it's too early for Orange-crowned. Well, at least it is in GA.

At 9:06 PM, Anonymous Animal Guy said...

This is a difficult one!
I guess Tennessee Warbler.

At 9:25 PM, Anonymous John Carlson said...

I am going to go with a Chestnut-sided Warbler.

At 10:58 PM, Anonymous Mary said...

Migration? What's migration? Nothing doing here...

Warblers...looks like a warbler to me...

Great photo!

At 1:31 PM, Anonymous KatDoc said...

You couldn't show the bird's head? I think this quiz series was planned as a way to use your less-than-perfect bird photos, LOL!

OK, after consulting 3 field guides and "Identify Yourself," I am going to go with Tennessee, based on the olive-drab plainness and the short tail. (Or, is that a trick of the angle of this photograph?)

~Kathi, challenged by the CFW's

PS: Grant - Orange-crowneds have been reported here in SW Ohio recently, so I assume Bill would have them in SE Ohio.

PPS: Mary - We will get you tons of warbler practice in WVa next spring. You will become Warbler Cum Laude

At 2:56 PM, Anonymous OhioMoose said...

Sure looks like a Pine Warbler to me - assuming the short tail is an artifact of the angle from which the photo was taken.

Pine Warblers seem to like my peanut feeders, but I haven't seen one yet this season (North of Columbus OH). I expect to see one any day now, though!

At 5:05 AM, Anonymous Renee Thompson said...

It's a Backward-facing, Paparazzi-shunning Warbler. We have tons of them in California.

At 4:01 PM, Anonymous OpposableChums said...

Put me down for a Tennessee as well.

At 5:24 PM, Anonymous rmharvey said...

Not that I am especially taken with the notion, but on the assumption that our host's silence indicates that nobody has yet hit the mark, I will make a wild stab and say Cape May. A picture I checked of a first winter female could not be ruled out because of the unhelpful angle.

At 6:09 PM, Anonymous KatDoc said...


The host is silent because he is at a birding festival this weekend. Or else, he is delaying just to torture us.

Bill - I did ID a fall warbler all by myself today - a Palm. OK, it wasn't a "confusing" one and I used the tail-wag behavior as my major "field mark," but still - I got one, at least.



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