Thursday, December 27, 2012

Who Are You?

UPDATE: I posted this to the Tampa Audubon Society Facebook page and received this helpful response from David Bowman:
"Female or young Pine Warbler. Not all Pine Warblers are as bright yellow as the adult male you have in the comparison picture. Palm Warblers would have a noticable eye stripe, rufous crown , and yellow rump."

This is our first documented Pine Warbler in My Florida Backyard!

Original Post:
Calling all birders! I need help with an ID, please.

I was looking back at a post from earlier this year, and one of the bird photos I posted caught my eye. I had initially labelled it a Yellow-Rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata), but at a second look, the yellow head is making me question myself. I'm wondering if instead this could be a Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus). Muted winter coloration always makes identification more difficult, and this isn't the best picture, but if you have an opinion to offer, I'd love to hear it. This photo was taken in Tampa, FL in late October, 2012.

My Photo:

A Photo of a Pine Warbler:
(Photo credit: Dominic Sherony via Wikimedia Commons)


  1. Tough to tell those yellow looking warblers apart. Could be a pine or a palm. We have a palm hanging around our yard lately.

  2. That looks like a close match, but the colors of your specimen seem duller, though the tone changes seem to be in the right places. Here is a photo of a similar angle and lighting, which seems almost exactly like your bird: But you may also want to consider a yellow-throated vireo: I'd be happy to keep thinking about it. Good luck!

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