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I live in the Piedmont of North Carolina. I have a very small Warbler or possible Vireo or Kinglet visiting my feeder the past two weeks (mid to end of Feb. 2019). The little guy is only about 4 inches long, smaller than our Carolina Chickadees. It is a dark greyish olive on its head, back, wings and tail. The breast and belly are pale yellowish-white, getting slightly more yellowish-olive as it gets between the legs and under the tail. It appears to have a faint, darker eye-stripe and a lighter eye-ring. Its overall appearance is olive, dark above and light below, and slim when not fluffed by cold weather.  I have scoured this and other sites and can find no matches.  Hope you fellow bird lovers and experts can help.

P.S. It seems to eat suet above the other foods.

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Sounds like a Pine Warbler to me.  Pines are one of the few warbler species that commonly visit feeders.  Their plumage is quite variable.




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The Bird Nuts - Not a Pine Warbler, I have a few of those for comparison.

Charlie Spenser - I do not think it is a Ruby-Crowned. No wing bars and the head is the same as the nape and back. Shape is different as well.

pictaker - You may be right.  The link to the Orange-crowned Warbler that you sent appears much like what I am seeing (the adult).  I can discern no color difference on the head but maybe the time of year or just a variation in color.  The color is off  somewhat as my bird has a distinct separation between the darker back and the lighter breast. The underside leans more toward a pale olive-yellowish-white.  Anyway this is the closest match I have seen.

Also, on the link you shared the Adult Tennessee Male in breeding color is much the same except for the gray head and nape.

Thank you all a bunch for your helpful input!


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