Kia hora te manno
Kia whakapapa paumamu te moana
Kia tere te Karohirohi

May the calm be widespread
May the sea glisten like the greenstone
And may the glimmer of summer dance across your pathways

Monday, November 29, 2010

Yellow bird, which one are you?

After searching my Birds of Washington State book, and reading the descriptions of many yellow birds which look like this one, I narrowed it down to about three, then with the help of All about birds.org I am pretty sure this is a Orange crowned Warbler. As I saw it just one time at the feeder, I presume it just stopped by for a quick snack, on it's way to a warmer place to spend the winter.
Mary Lou pointed out that she has had a Ruby Crowned kinglet at her feeder, and when I took a look at the picture of one in my bird book, I think I was mistaken in calling this one a Orange Crowned Warbler, because it has a white undertail which the Kinglet has and also the markings around the eye are more like a Kinglets. Thanks Mary Lou for pointing this out.

3 comments:

Randy Emmitt said...

Jennifer,

Not sure on this one, western warblers I'm not much good at. We do rarely get Orange-crowned Warblers. Around here a yellow warbler would be a Pine Warbler which is not found west of the Mississippi. I looked in my Sibley Guide and a first year Orange-crowned Warbler looks good. Still a look at the wings would clinch the ID.

Patsi said...

I must be getting better at IDing birds...knew it was some sort of Warbler right away.
Great capture !

Darla said...

He's handsome no matter his name.