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I think I was observing a Cape May Warbler and a Blackpoll Warbler today, both bathing in the same area.  How can I tell which bird is which when they are wet?  I'm not sure if these shots are the same bird.  This is maddening...

 

Thanks,

 

Mary Alice

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Wet birds can be difficult or impossible to sort out. Here the bird in the first two photo is fairly legible. With the heavily streaked breast, fine, dark, slightly decurved bill, short wing bar/patch it is your Cape May.

The bird in the second set of photos is more of a challenge but it still looks good for your Blackpoll. The orange feet of a Blackpoll aren't visible in these shots but that is a good mark to look for. The coloring looks good along with the fine streaking on the upper back. The bill is shorter and more blunt that on the Cape May.

 

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