Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Fall Warbler Quiz

Wednesday, September 17, 2008
OK, my peeps. Let's have a fall warbler quiz! I photographed this bird a few days ago in my yard in southeastern Ohio. Yes, it's a wood warbler and it's in non-breeding plumage.

You could even say it's a CFW: a Confusing Something Warbler. Or maybe the F just stands for Fall.

Please send in your best guess via the comments section below. I'll crown a winner in the next few days. The prize is bragging rights, baby.

Good luck and may the best bird watcher win!


On September 17, 2008 at 11:44 PM 2stampis2b said...

I'm taking a crack at it, even though I'm terrible at CFWs: pine warbler? I've had some tricky ones here in the Black Hills, and since we're typically on the edge of migration paths, I doubt myself even more.

On September 17, 2008 at 11:46 PM Anonymous said...

Looks like a Blackpoll Warbler
to me.
Hap in New Hope (MN)

On September 18, 2008 at 12:25 AM Neil Gilbert said...

Looks more like a Bay-breasted Warbler to me - warmer greenish-yellow overall than I would expect for a basic-plumaged BLPW. It also does not have any streaking below, which is good for BBWA. Lastly, there seems to be a very faint wash of buff on the sides.

-Neil G.

On September 18, 2008 at 6:31 AM KatDoc said...

Oh, geez, Bill - you couldn't start with something easier?

My first guess was Pine, but after reading comments 2 & 3, I remembered the "bay-poll" warbler debates from last fall at Lake Erie.

Ugh - OK, put me down for one guess at Pine, but like the first commenter, I doubt myself.

~Kathi, the konfused

On September 18, 2008 at 7:31 AM rmharvey said...

One of my birding mentors taught me "if it is yellow and you can't figure it out, it is probably a Pine Warbler".

On September 18, 2008 at 8:17 AM Tucker Lutter said...

I'm also going to call it a Bay-breasted Warbler.

On September 18, 2008 at 8:49 AM NCmountainwoman said...

Fall warbler works just fine for me.

On September 18, 2008 at 10:04 AM Jeff Gyr said...

Hey BOTB--

I'm not surprised that Mr. Neil (Neil Gilbert, not Birdchick's Mr. Neil) nailed it straightaway. Nice going, Neil.

I just finished a post on a fall warbler that nicely dovetails--is the that the right term here?--with yours. It's here:

A "Selected" Fall Warbler

If the link doesn't work, just go to

On September 18, 2008 at 4:06 PM kramer bill said...

looks like a pine warbler hey bill keep posting quiz birds keeps me studying thanks for your efforts

On September 18, 2008 at 8:57 PM Animal Guy said...

CFWs, the nemesis of bird watchers!

I'm gonna guess Bay-breasted Warbler because its legs appear darker than a Blackpoll Warbler's would be.

On September 18, 2008 at 9:54 PM Anonymous said...

chestnut sided???????? with all the years, i still am not fond of fall warbs

On September 18, 2008 at 9:58 PM Grant McCreary said...

Can I just say Baypoll Warbler? :)
I'd have to go with Bay-breasted Warbler.

On September 19, 2008 at 5:52 PM Anonymous said...

Definitely a Bay-breasted

On September 19, 2008 at 11:33 PM Mary said...

Definitely a warbler. ;o)

On September 20, 2008 at 9:10 AM Bill of the Birds said...

And the winner IS Neil Gilbert!
This is a bay-breasted warbler.
Thanks to all who played.

I'll post a fuller answer and explanation soon.

More ID Quiz Birds coming, too.

On September 22, 2008 at 9:13 AM dguzman said...

Aw gee, too late for the prize! Well, that, and the fact that I figured pine warbler too... Oops.

Great feature--keep 'em coming!

On September 23, 2008 at 5:29 AM animtreebird said...

Very beautiful bird. Nice photo. :)))