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I did not take this photo.  I was posted on a FB page. The person lives in North Carolina and I believe that he believes this is a Kirkland's warbler, but I don't think it is.  I took a photo of it with my phone, but the eye-ring looks complete, not broken like a Kirkland's and there seems to be more spots than the photo's I've looked at of them.  The bill also looks wrong. Can anyone confirm this is a Kirkland's?

 

 

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That's kind of what I thought. I'm not good at identifying warblers, at all, but the broken eye-ring was easy to spot in the photo.  I spotted a Magnolia warbler this year, a first for me, and it looked very similar to this one, just not as many streaks, and a few other things that made it hard for me to ID. In fact, I asked for help IDing  it in the forum here. Anyway, thank you!

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5 minutes ago, akandula said:

I honestly like Kirtland’s with that brown back, lack of distinct wingbars, and extensively spotted breast/throat, among other features.

Aw, man!  Everybody was happy with Magnolia and you had to open your bill again!  :classic_tongue:

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2 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Aw, man!  Everybody was happy with Magnolia and you had to open your bill again!  :classic_tongue:

I always have my bill open... it's such a tough job to keep reminding people to drink their tea! :classic_laugh:

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20 minutes ago, blackburnian said:

This is obviously a Kirtland’s Warbler. I assume this is the same bird that was seen by myself and many others last week at Jordan Lake. Please let me know if this is a different bird so I can get the word out. 

This is the photo I saw on The Naturalist Notebook and yes, it was taken at Jordan Lake.  I'll admit, I'm a bit of a skeptic, at times, and in this case, I wanted it to be true because, as a bird lover, it would be truly one of the highlights bird watching, and although I'd be happy for the spotter, I'd be really jealous, as well. 
Because I am terrible at identifying birds, warblers in particular, I decided to ask here.  The photo really is a great photo but because warblers are so hard to ID, they have such similar but subtle differences, at least for me, that I try to get as many photos as I can from all sides/angles in order to help ID them.  I'm rooting that it is, because how cool would that be?  The right place right time during migration of such a rare and beautiful bird. I guess I'll wait to see if anyone else has any thoughts on this.  My thought was it's a Magnolia, but as I said, warblers are not my thing.

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This is a Kirtland’s Warbler. It was seen and photographed by over 120 birders over the course of 4 days, including myself. They are rare but increasingly common migrants in NC. 

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2 minutes ago, blackburnian said:

This is a Kirtland’s Warbler. It was seen and photographed by over 120 birders over the course of 4 days, including myself. They are rare but increasingly common migrants in NC. 

Well, that is awesome!  I wish we lived in the migration range. I'm glad so many people got to see it.

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39 minutes ago, blackburnian said:

This is a Kirtland’s Warbler. It was seen and photographed by over 120 birders over the course of 4 days, including myself. They are rare but increasingly common migrants in NC. 

Awesome bird. My sister went and saw it twice and she's not on eBird. Plus she took different passengers each time, most of whom are not on e-bird either, so hard to say for sure how many saw it. I couldn't believe how long it stayed. @blackburnian do you have any idea how far some people may have traveled to see it? I think I would have had about 5 hours which was farther than I was prepared to go, but some people will do 5 hours that at the drop of a floppy birder's hat.

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3 hours ago, HamRHead said:

Awesome bird. My sister went and saw it twice and she's not on eBird. Plus she took different passengers each time, most of whom are not on e-bird either, so hard to say for sure how many saw it. I couldn't believe how long it stayed. @blackburnian do you have any idea how far some people may have traveled to see it? I think I would have had about 5 hours which was farther than I was prepared to go, but some people will do 5 hours that at the drop of a floppy birder's hat.

I know that some drove 4-6 hours. This bird didn’t stay as long as the 2018 bird. I’ve been lucky enough to see two in the state. 

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