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Hello all,

This warbler song was recorded last summer in southern Ontario, Canada. I thought I was confident on the ID, but re-listening to it makes me a little uncertain because I know there are some similar sounding warblers. I've attached the recording as a Google Drive link. It's a very quiet recording unfortunately - you will probably need to turn the volume up to full. The warbler sings at 2, 9, and 16 seconds. Any help would be much appreciated, I have been back and forth on it for a while now!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/161f20g_LqcM9V_DR6HW25zIQguhSxiMA/view?usp=sharing

Thank you,

Henry

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Hello, thanks for your opinions! I was also considering northern parula, but I am hesitant about this because eBird does not show a single record of a parula in this area in the month of July. What are your thoughts on black-throated blue or cerulean? Or even blackburnian? 

You are maybe correct that this is a parula and it is the first July record in the county. However, Norfolk, Ontario, is a county with a lot of birding, so I would have to be pretty confident to call this!

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10 minutes ago, henry said:

Hello, thanks for your opinions! I was also considering northern parula, but I am hesitant about this because eBird does not show a single record of a parula in this area in the month of July. What are your thoughts on black-throated blue or cerulean? Or even blackburnian? 

You are maybe correct that this is a parula and it is the first July record in the county. However, Norfolk, Ontario, is a county with a lot of birding, so I would have to be pretty confident to call this!

My apologies, I should not have listened to your recording on my car’s speakers. This is a Cerulean Warbler 🤦‍♂️ It’s not high pitched enough for Blackburnian, and Black-throated Blue would start with a single down slurred buzz instead of a series of buzzes, like this bird does. It didn’t even register to me that Parula is out of range. 

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9 minutes ago, henry said:

Hello, thanks for your opinions! I was also considering northern parula, but I am hesitant about this because eBird does not show a single record of a parula in this area in the month of July. What are your thoughts on black-throated blue or cerulean? Or even blackburnian? 

You are maybe correct that this is a parula and it is the first July record in the county. However, Norfolk, Ontario, is a county with a lot of birding, so I would have to be pretty confident to call this!

Black throated Blue Warblers songs are three through your notes, all the same pitch. This bird's song had a rising pitch, and it was more than 5 notes long

Blackburnian Warbler songs are to high pitched.

Cerulean Warblers sounds better for this bird. Sorry for misleading you @henry. Thanks for double checking.

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12 minutes ago, Birds are cool said:

Black throated Blue Warblers songs are three through your notes, all the same pitch.

 

BTBW song has a rising pitch, it’s just a slower rise. I had one today that was basically same same as a typical CERW except the beginning phrase was a single buzz instead of multiple. 

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23 minutes ago, Avery said:

BTBW song has a rising pitch, it’s just a slower rise. I had one today that was basically same same as a typical CERW except the beginning phrase was a single buzz instead of multiple. 

The ones I hear always seem to have the same pitch. Thanks for correcting me!

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