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Marsh IDs, SE Michigan USA

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Old Friday 10th July 2009, 15:52   #1
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Marsh IDs, SE Michigan USA

First of all, sorry for the quality of the photos. I understand some may be un-IDable.

Had a great day of birding today! We were only at the marsh for 15 minutes, but we hauled in all this. The birding here is just as good if not better than it was in Florida and this place is only a couple miles from our house.
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1- Swamp Sparrow? Or just a Song Sparrow?
2- ???? Peewee? Pheobe?
3- Common Yellowthroat
4- Yellow-rumped Warbler (Or of course a butter-butt)
5- ???? Kingbird? Pheobe?
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Old Friday 10th July 2009, 15:55   #2
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6- Eastern Kingbirds?
7- ditto
8- ???? Sorry for the quality
9- Song Sparrow bottom ????Warbler top? Sorry again for the quality.
10- Swallows ????Tree? No idea.

Thanks so much for the help!
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Old Friday 10th July 2009, 16:47   #3
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Song Sparrow, Willow/Alder Flycatcher, yellowthroat, yellowthroat, kingbird, (all) kingbirds, kingbird, Song Sparrow, Song and a yellowthroat, Barn Swallows.
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Old Friday 10th July 2009, 17:14   #4
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Thanks! Is it possible to differentiate between Willow or Alder? Or are they counted as the same species? I don't know what the whole up-to-date situation is. Or is the photo just too poor?

Thanks, a couple of lifers there for me!
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They're separate species, but difficult-to-impossible to separate visually. Listen for the song instead.
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Agreed on all ID'S
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Old Friday 10th July 2009, 21:51   #7
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Doesn't # 4 look like a Yellow-rumped to anyone?

Ok I will it the books to try to find out if it was a Willow or an Alder Flycatcher.

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Doesn't # 4 look like a Yellow-rumped to anyone?

Ok I will it the books to try to find out if it was a Willow or an Alder Flycatcher.

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Afraid not, Yellowthroat for me.
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Doesn't # 4 look like a Yellow-rumped to anyone?

Ok I will it the books to try to find out if it was a Willow or an Alder Flycatcher.

Thanks guys!!!
Not a Yellow-rumped with the bicolored dark (above) and yellow (below) head.

Not much you can do to confirm which flycatcher species it was just from a photo I'm afraid. There are tendencies, but nothing is conclusive for separating the two in the field. Also, both breed in Michigan.
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Doesn't # 4 look like a Yellow-rumped to anyone?
Southern Michigan is outside the breeding range of Yellow-rumped Warbler. So if these photos were taken in the vicinity of Wayne County, it would be quite unlikely this time of year.

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Old Saturday 11th July 2009, 11:29   #11
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Alright, I'll leave the flycatcher as an "impossible ID". (Don't you hate it when you know you have a lifer but you can't decide which of two species it is, even if they're both lifers? AAAAAAHHH!) Oh well, whaddya gonna do? Still not a bad haul for me.

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