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Taken today, 1/9/2022 on Wireless Road just south of Astoria, OR. It's a farm road that runs along the Young's Bay Area. I've been out there a lot trying to find, unsuccessfully on both counts, a Lesser Black-backed Gull and an American Tree Sparrow. I think this might've been the first day I've been out there when it wasn't raining buckets. I was going to walk it but there was literally one gull in the fields where there are usually 100s, so...I got out next to a brushy slough area where the sparrow has been reported, when this guy popped up higher in the tree tops. This is the one shot I got of it. Unfortunately there was a branch that I at least focused out (where usually I get a very sharp branch and an out of focus bird) that is blurring the tail, which would've been a helpful ID marker.

The two warblers that should be here right now are Yellow-rumped and Townsend's. I figured it for a Yellow-rumped at a glance. Looking at the photo though and comparing it to the scads of YRWA I have photos of, it's unusual to see one with this much of a wash on it's breast vs what I normally see. I have less extensive experience with Townsend's, but I've never seen one yet with that white coloring around the head. Am I overthinking this too much, and it's a YRWA, or am I missing an option? Palm crossed my mind, but I've really only seen those twice in my life so would not be confident even considering that.

Thanks in advance!

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Thank, both of you! I have the eBird report already in, so I'll update it now.

The only reason Palm crossed my mind was due to a recent report of one in the county, and also the vague idea that it sort of, kind of, looked like a very late season YRWA I reported a couple of years ago in WY and got corrected on by my eBird reviewer.

Well, this day was more exciting than I thought it would be after all, LOL!

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10 minutes ago, BigOly said:

True birding!

Ya gotta admit, there is something nice about heading out and thinking "boy, I'd sure love to see one of those today, but it's so unlikely...." going out, seeing 4.8 billion ducks, then getting home to find out you did see the one thing you were hoping for after all. :classic_laugh:

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8 hours ago, okaugust said:

Am I overthinking this too much, and it's a YRWA, or am I missing an option? Palm crossed my mind, but I've really only seen those twice in my life so would not be confident even considering that.

No YRWA has that rusty cap above that facial pattern.

Nice bird!

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