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Warbler help - S Florida (1 Viewer)


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I've run into a few warbler type species that I'm not too sure on again - Southeast Florida had pretty good migratory action and thousands of birds of a dozen or more species were all filling the trees - that means sometimes some juveniles, females, or non-breeding birds mixed in that are more difficult for me to ID. Any help appreciated:

1. My first guess was a female Cape May...but not sure:

2. I think this might be a worm-eating warbler - can't see the top of the head fully, but that stripe over the eye was pretty bold, so that was my guess:

3. Another one I couldn't ID:

4. A female or juvenile common yellowthroat? Don't normally see them up in trees here, so that was throwing me off:


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1) female Blackpoll 2) female black throated blue warbler 3) looks like female Blackburnian, but more pictures would help (e.g. can't rule out female Cape May) 4) agree

Hope this helps, perhaps somebody with more field experience with Setophaga's will confirm.


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OK - excellent and thank you all for the IDs. The females often give me trouble, especially if they're alone, or when there are so many species together.
If I see a few males of one species and one female, it's a bit safer to conclude what it likely is. In these situations, there were a dozen or more species all around, so I was losing track of what was what. These were all around my yard while I was sheltering in place (except #4 which was in the wetlands)...the trees in my front yard were filled for two weekends in a row - American redstart, northern parula, cape may, prairie, black-throated blue, blackpoll, yellow-rumped, black-and-white, and more...and dozens to hundreds of many of the species. It was nearly a fallout the second weekend (April 25) - winds were favorable for migration up the eastern side of Florida, and a strong stormfront was coming southward around Lake Okeechobee, which seems to have grounded much of the migration around SE Florida.
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