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The small bird was spotted today in Merrill, WI around 2:00 PM.  It was about the size and color of a sparrow, but much slimmer, with a longer slim beak.  The color was various shades of gray/brown/black but the most distinctive marking was a bright yellow patch about 3/4” in diameter at the top base of tail feathers/lower back.  The bird perched in a crabapple tree and then flew to the ground and appeared to snatch a bug and then flew back up to perch in another small tree.   I have searched several field guides with no luck.   Any help identifying the bird will be appreciated


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24 minutes ago, John B said:

Looking at more pictures of the yellow rumped warbler, I believe this is the bird.  It had a very bright/distinctive yellow patch about the size of a quarter on the rump.

Thank you!

Depending on the angle and on how the bird has positioned its feathers, the yellow on the sides and head may not be visible. 

Glad we could help!

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