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Louisiana Waterthrush? (suburbs of Atlanta Georgia USA) (1 Viewer)


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the Merlin app put this as one of three. The waterthrush is the only one with the eye band/line like this guy, but is "uncommon" so I figured I would check before declaring.

Thanks in advance for constructive input!
I'm guessing that you meant supercilium rather than eye-stripe/band/line . . . But, regardless of that, it might be amusing to know which other two Merlin suggested?
One of the very first things to look for when making a bird ID is the bill. In this case, the thicker, stout bill rules out any warblers (including Waterthrush and Ovenbird) and is typical of sparrows :)
[Just to note for those sceptical of AI / ML approaches to ID like Merlin I can see why it flagged this as a waterthrush]
I can see why it flagged this as a waterthrush
I can see why it could have done, but I can also see why it shouldn't have done - viz. the bill-shape (a near-fundamental starting-point for all bird IDs, as Avery says), which it has clearly either not been able to decipher or has ignored. We can all see the bill-shape, so . . . Must do better! Bird ID-by-AI is still way behind that for plants.
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