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Old Tuesday 30th May 2017, 13:50   #1
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Small bird for ID - Virginia, USA

Please help a friend to ID this cute bird.
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Old Tuesday 30th May 2017, 15:07   #2
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Looks frighteningly like a female MacGillivray's Warbler - fabulous record if it is!
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Old Tuesday 30th May 2017, 15:13   #3
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That's a very pronounced eye ring in two small crescents, does look good


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Old Tuesday 30th May 2017, 16:00   #4
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It sure would be way out of range if it were a MacGillivray's Warbler
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Old Tuesday 30th May 2017, 16:09   #5
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Photos online of 2nd yr female Mourning Warbler look very similar.

And there is this description:

https://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/infocenter/i6790id.html

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The MacGillivray's Warbler is the western counterpart to the eastern Mourning Warbler. Fortunately, the breeding ranges of the two species do not overlap. Male MacGillivray's typically have broken eye rings while they are absent in male Mourning Warblers. Females and immatures of the two species are extremely difficult to tell apart and are usually separated by range. Connecticut Warblers are similar to Mourning Warblers but have complete eye rings and are larger. Female and immature Common Yellowthroats are also quite similar but lack a gray or brownish wash across the breast (although this can be indistinct in some immatures) and have white, not yellow, bellies.
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Old Tuesday 30th May 2017, 16:10   #6
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Photos online of 2nd yr female Mourning Warbler look very similar.

And there is this description:

https://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/infocenter/i6790id.html

Similar species:

The MacGillivray's Warbler is the western counterpart to the eastern Mourning Warbler. Fortunately, the breeding ranges of the two species do not overlap. Male MacGillivray's typically have broken eye rings while they are absent in male Mourning Warblers. Females and immatures of the two species are extremely difficult to tell apart and are usually separated by range. Connecticut Warblers are similar to Mourning Warblers but have complete eye rings and are larger. Female and immature Common Yellowthroats are also quite similar but lack a gray or brownish wash across the breast (although this can be indistinct in some immatures) and have white, not yellow, bellies.
Eye ring is a key feature, the only other contender on that front would be Connecticut?


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Eye ring is a key feature, the only other contender on that front would be Connecticut?


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I dunno...some of the pics I'm seeing online of female mourning show some broken eye rings albeit not as pronounced as the bird in the OP's photo.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/...ays_Warbler/id

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•Connecticut Warbler is much larger and heavier, with complete white eye ring (not crescents or arcs).
•Mourning Warbler lacks eye-crescents; male Mourning Warbler has a pronounced black patch in the middle of the breast. Some individual Mourning Warblers may show traits of MacGillivray's, including, rarely, white eye-arcs.
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Old Tuesday 30th May 2017, 16:17   #8
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Due to the region, I'm leaning towards Mourning, but could be wrong of course.
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Old Tuesday 30th May 2017, 16:35   #9
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Here's a helpful resource on Mourning Warbler with good photos:

http://www.migrationresearch.org/mbo/id/mowa.html#hymb
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My immediate reaction was MacGillivray's and whilst googling photo's to support it further, I came across Virginia's first record from 2005 :-)
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My immediate reaction was MacGillivray's and whilst googling photo's to support it further, I came across Virginia's first record from 2005 :-)
It sure would be a 'fabulous record' as Nutcracker said.

Here in NJ we have a Lesser Nighthawk which I got to see this past weekend.
This is a southwestern species...poor thing is way off track. It was taken in by a local bird hospital, fed and released. He/she is hanging around a park near the hospital.
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Old Tuesday 30th May 2017, 17:34   #12
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Looks like a female Mourning to me, personally. Female Macs tend to have gray throats that don't contrast with the rest of the head IME. I guess I could be convinced otherwise, but given that this is what a 2nd year female Mourning looks like, I think it's a safe bet: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/...ARGE/MOWA1.jpg
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Was thinking Mourning but on second look....I am not sure. That white throat is a good point for MacGillvray's along with those eye arcs.
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