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I took this photo today in Laurel, MD.  There was a Chat in the area so maybe this is a baby?  I'd love some help with the ID.

 

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It struck me as a Redstart, but that does not really fit. 

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5 hours ago, Connor Cochrane said:

This looks like a female Mourning Warbler to me. Bright sides, gray head, olive back. 

This would be my guess, but it appears to have a black cap.

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46 minutes ago, Avery said:

This would be my guess, but it appears to have a black cap.

The critical word here is "appears;" I believe that it does not. This looks like a youngster that has initiated its molt out of juvenile plumage. Additionally, does Mourning breed that far south in the piedmont/coastal plain part of MD?

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18 hours ago, blackburnian said:

Any other shots? 

I don't know if this second shot will help.  I wouldn't have thought it was a Mourning Warbler unless it is seriously off its game.  They do not breed in MD that I am aware of.

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2 hours ago, CMac322 said:

I don't know if this second shot will help.  I wouldn't have thought it was a Mourning Warbler unless it is seriously off its game.  They do not breed in MD that I am aware of.

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Clears up the phantom cap anyway 

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immature female Baltimore oriole?

(picture from allaboutbirds.org)

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Posted (edited)

yellow-breasted chat is a possibility, according to Merlin.

(adult in picture, allaboutbirds.org)

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No, this is definitely not a Yellow-breasted Chat or Oriole. A Yellow-breasted Chat has a significantly thicker bill than the bird features in these photos. The yellow on the featured bird also does not extend to the throat as it would on a Yellow-breasted Chat. The Oriole suggested has a far more conical and pointed bill along with bold wing bars. Mourning Warbler was my first thought as well but that would be pretty far out of its normal range for this time of year. Birds can show up in some pretty weird places though...

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Viewing bar charts and reports from Maryland, via eBird, although the Mourning Warbler is very rare at this time of year, there have been confirmed accounts before. There have not, however, been any records of Mourning Warblers during July in Prince George’s County (I believe Laurel, MD is in this county).
https://ebird.org/species/mouwar/US-MD

 

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This bird does not strike me as a Mourning Warbler, personally. Among other things, the bill is far too dainty, and it's completely dark, which is not what I'd expect at all from Mourning.

If anything, plumage-wish I have the least issue seeing this as some sort of weird juvenile Nashville Warbler, but it does not breed in MD either...

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My first impression was a recently fledged Prairie warbler, but I am not a good"birder" with Id's

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It's definitely a parulid warbler. From here, I'll make a case for a species suggested here by pointing out the key features of the bird.

It's a warbler with bright yellow underparts.

The sides have olive-ish streaking.

If it has wing bars, they're very weak.

It has at least one long tail spot.

The back is olive.

I'm not sure what to make of the apparently black-centered crown feathers.

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So I'm assuming @Tony Leukering is suggesting young Prairie Warbler here, which is a reasonable guess. Still, the lack of yellow in the throat and weak facial pattern is weird. Perhaps a weird molt?

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Heres a prairie  a little further along then the one above,maybe that will help

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16 hours ago, Benjamin said:

So I'm assuming @Tony Leukering is suggesting young Prairie Warbler here, which is a reasonable guess. Still, the lack of yellow in the throat and weak facial pattern is weird. Perhaps a weird molt?

No. Juvenile plumage is very dull in this and many Parulidae species.

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