Thursday, May 26, 2011


For a mostly obscured bird in crappy light I'm actually pretty proud of this pic that I managed sharp focus through all the underbrush of a female Mourning warbler. It's far easier to ID the pic of the bird frozen than the rapidly moving, mostly hidden blur that we're presented with in real life.
The eyering isn't quite strong enough and the underparts are also way to yellow for a Connecticut.

Another mark between Connecticut and Mourning is that the undertail coverts extend very far out on Connecticut and are more average in Mourning.

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher is probably the last passerine migrant to peak, and probably second only to Whimbrel as the latest migrant. Yellow-bellied's were actually pretty apparent at Floral earlier this week, we had them singing both the classic Peterson uprising chu-wee, as well as the very Least-like kibbick.

Here's Yellow-bellied's in a couple different lights.

I'm going to try one more crack at Connecticut tomorrow, but if I miss it then (and miss it I will), I'm probably going without one this year

1 comment:

Silly Putty said...

Matt- nice summary of female Oporornis ID!

It is funny to note how in Berrien it is not normal to go without CONW as a spring or fall migrant. I still have found 1 migrant in my entire life. You guys are spoiled badly down there!