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Bell's Vireo in Missouri?

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Seen today at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary in West Alton, MO today. In trees next to Mississippi River. This is the only decent photo we got of what is clearly a small Vireo with a lot of yellow underneath. Unfortunately I didn't hear much from the bird. I'm hoping to confirm it's a Bell's.

Warbling Vireos were around as well, but were singing out and also appeared much grayer.

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Looks like a Warbling Vireo. 

Also, I’ve been to Riverlands many times. An absolutely great birding location. I saw my first Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Dickcissel there.

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Bell's in Missouri should be more contrasty than this, with a darker face and white concentrated around the eyes. They also have a wingbar, although it might be worn off by now. Warbling vary in the amount of yellow below, especially the ones that have started their pre-basic molt.

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