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The fact that the bird is yellow on the back as well as, well, everywhere else. The yellowish eye ring is also a good field mark. 

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18 hours ago, Avery said:

The fact that the bird is yellow on the back as well as, well, everywhere else. The yellowish eye ring is also a good field mark. 

It lacks yellow tail spots and has dark smudges on the under-tail coverts, neither of which are characters typical of Yellow Warbler.

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2 minutes ago, Tony Leukering said:

It lacks yellow tail spots and has dark smudges on the under-tail coverts, neither of which are characters typical of Yellow Warbler.

So is it a Common Yellowthroat?...or Orange-crowned?

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Orange-crowned is safely ruled out by the eye rings and lack of eyelines and pink legs. The tail shape seems reasonable for Common Yellowthroat and the under-tail covert smudges, while not common in the species, do occur. Additionally, the fairly sharp throat:auriculars contrast is another feature pointing to Common Yellowthroat.

While Common Yellowthroat seems the most likely ID, the overall yellowness of the bird is disturbing, although hopefully due to poor white balance or something.

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For what it's worth, I'm not certain that the bird in the first photo is the same as the one in photos two and three.

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1 hour ago, HamRHead said:

For what it's worth, I'm not certain that the bird in the first photo is the same as the one in photos two and three.

I don’t think they are. That’s been my impression all along. 

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14 minutes ago, Colton V said:

So the first one could be yellowthroat and second could be yellow warbler?

I like Yellow for the second bird. Could the first be a Nashville? I suppose the face is too yellow. But the eyeing seems a bit large for common yellow throat, and I'm trying to figure out the rufus on the head. Unless that has to do with reflected light from somewhere.

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