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ID possible warbler, Oakland County, Michigan, USA (1 Viewer)

jonblum

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The attached image shows two photos I took yesterday September 25, 2020, at Robert Long park in Commerce, Michigan, USA (suburb of Detroit). This is a small bird, around the size of a sparrow. It was on a twig in a low bush in a treed area. I am new to birding and have never identified any warblers. Is this a warbler? Maybe at yellow-rumped warbler, or a pine warbler?
 

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Nutcracker

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This is the yellow throated form isn't it? If so Audubon's, not Myrtle.
Both can have off-white throats as juv/1st winter, can be very tricky to tell apart! But in Michigan, Audubon's would be very unlikely, and Myrtle common. So on probability, overwhelming likelihood of Myrtle :t:
 

Microtus

Maryland USA (he/him)
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Welcome to the forum, Jon! Your bird (birds?) is a Yellow-rumped Warbler. The pale stripe over the eye in conjunction with the ring around the eye point to the Myrtle form of that species. The Audubon's form is pretty rare in Michigan.
 

Jeff Hopkins

Just another...observer
United States
Both can have off-white throats as juv/1st winter, can be very tricky to tell apart! But in Michigan, Audubon's would be very unlikely, and Myrtle common. So on probability, overwhelming likelihood of Myrtle :t:

Also, the color balance in the first pic is tilted towards yellow, which is making the throat look brighter than it does in the second pic. The second pic is more natural color, and that one's throat looks off-white, consistent with Myrtle.
 

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