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Old Tuesday 18th May 2004, 01:11   #1
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A new one for me! Help with ID pls

I just saw a bird in my garden that I have never seen before - after watching it for about 10 minutes, and checking my very basic North American bird book, the closest thing I came to was a "Kentucky Warbler"
A beautiful little bird, with big, very distinctive black mask, with bright yellow below on the throat and slightly down to the chest, with a line of white along the top of the mask. Back a brownish-grey, with underside a brighter colour of the back. A bit of yellow on the underside of the tail. The bird was larger than a goldfinch (and definitely not a goldfinch), but smaller than a (American) robin.

Any other suggestions? the K.W. photo I have in the book does not exactly match.
It was on a dogwood shrub beside my pond, seemed to be picking at bugs or ants on the shrub, very active and acrobatic.
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Sounds a lot like a Common Yellowthroat. Check out this Link
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Yeah, I think it's a common yellowthroat too. Just saw my very first one on last week!
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Thanks for the quick response - It is very definitely a "Common Yellowthroat", although I don't like the "Common" part - it is a stunning little bird. I don't often see anything new in this area, so this is exciting!
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Yes they are stunning little birds! Thanks for letting us know what it was.
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