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4 minutes ago, IKLland said:

Palm Warbler. 

 

3 minutes ago, Colton V said:

Wow, I didn’t know there were areas in the lower 48 where WCSP is considered rare

edit: also yes this is a Warbler not a sparrow 

Ty guys.  That was my field impression based on the behavior.  Always annoying when species have so many color variations.  

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Just now, dragon49 said:

 

Ty guys.  That was my field impression based on the behavior.  Always annoying when species have so many color variations.  

There are many reasons why this isn’t a WCSP, but if you are confused by color variations, a WCSP will never have yellow undertail coverts.

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32 minutes ago, dragon49 said:

Always annoying when species have so many color variations

That’s why it’s important to learn the structural differences birds. While colors may vary among individuals of a species, one thing that is almost never variable is the bill shape. I knew this was a warbler immediately because it had a narrow, pointy bill, perfect for nabbing insects. A sparrow would have a thick, more triangular bill for cracking open seeds. 

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