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Old Thursday 12th October 2017, 05:57   #1
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Passerine Santa Barbara - October 8

Hi, here are a few pictures of a passerine about 20 miles north of Santa Barbara, CA. This is from October 8th.

https://goo.gl/x8qWZd


I'd be very interested to hear thoughts on this.

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Old Thursday 12th October 2017, 08:11   #2
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Hi, here are a few pictures of a passerine about 20 miles north of Santa Barbara, CA. This is from October 8th.

https://goo.gl/x8qWZd


I'd be very interested to hear thoughts on this.

Thanks.
Imo It's got an "Old World" feel to it....try Oriental Reed Warbler.

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Old Thursday 12th October 2017, 08:35   #3
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Could it be a Warbling Vireo? I've never seen that species but it seems to be a possible fit.
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Could it be a Warbling Vireo? I've never seen that species but it seems to be a possible fit.
Remiss of me!...I've seen East coast Warbling Vireos, but not West coast, apparently the latter have darker crowns not unlike the subject bird, which would certainly be the default species at location. Agree with Roland...Warbling Vireo is the most likely candidate....unless other images (if any) reveal longer UTC's.
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I sent the link to a much better birder than myself, and he suggests it may well be a Yellow-green Vireo. These show up in California occasionally, but it is a great bird. It would be something to post on the local rare bird listserver.
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Old Thursday 12th October 2017, 21:00   #6
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I sent the link to a much better birder than myself, and he suggests it may well be a Yellow-green Vireo. These show up in California occasionally, but it is a great bird. It would be something to post on the local rare bird listserver.
I could see why someone might say that, the yellow parts look good for it, but I honesty don't think there is any chance of that with how small the bill is. I still go with Warbling Vireo, and if anything the bill is small enough for a warbler, but nothing seems to quite fit warbler wise. MAYBE Tennessee? I lean towards warbling vireo which is also extremely common in California.
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I didn't want to provide this context with the original post so as not to bias any answers, but myself and other birders got good enough looks at it to know for sure that it was not a Warbling Vireo (which we do indeed see many of). The consensus among ourselves and other locals was that it was either Red-eyed or Yellow-green, with most settling on Yellow-green. Thanks again for the input from everyone.
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