Friday, September 26, 2008

New Bird ID Quiz

Friday, September 26, 2008

Dear Bill of the Birds Readers:

Here's one to ponder over the weekend. What is this bird?

Hint: It IS a warbler. I took this photo on Monday, September 22, 2008, in my yard in southeastern Ohio. So we know it's not a chiff-chaff.

Good luck!

And when you're done with this quiz, get out to see some REAL birds this weekend.
It's the peak of fall migration here in the Midwest.




On September 26, 2008 at 12:34 PM Alan Pulley said...

Could it be a Tennessee warbler?

On September 26, 2008 at 2:29 PM Anonymous said...

ouch i have sorta narrowed it to a tennessee or orange-crowned. bill i need to go with you on a fall warbler hike- actually many hikes. thanks for sharing

On September 26, 2008 at 8:00 PM Anonymous said...

Tennessee Warbler
I'm assuming it's too early for Orange-crowned. Well, at least it is in GA.

On September 26, 2008 at 9:06 PM Anonymous said...

This is a difficult one!
I guess Tennessee Warbler.

On September 26, 2008 at 9:25 PM John Carlson said...

I am going to go with a Chestnut-sided Warbler.

On September 26, 2008 at 10:58 PM Mary said...

Migration? What's migration? Nothing doing here...

Warblers...looks like a warbler to me...

Great photo!

On September 27, 2008 at 1:31 PM Kathi said...

You couldn't show the bird's head? I think this quiz series was planned as a way to use your less-than-perfect bird photos, LOL!

OK, after consulting 3 field guides and "Identify Yourself," I am going to go with Tennessee, based on the olive-drab plainness and the short tail. (Or, is that a trick of the angle of this photograph?)

~Kathi, challenged by the CFW's

PS: Grant - Orange-crowneds have been reported here in SW Ohio recently, so I assume Bill would have them in SE Ohio.

PPS: Mary - We will get you tons of warbler practice in WVa next spring. You will become Warbler Cum Laude

On September 27, 2008 at 2:56 PM OhioMoose said...

Sure looks like a Pine Warbler to me - assuming the short tail is an artifact of the angle from which the photo was taken.

Pine Warblers seem to like my peanut feeders, but I haven't seen one yet this season (North of Columbus OH). I expect to see one any day now, though!

On September 28, 2008 at 5:05 AM Renee Thompson said...

It's a Backward-facing, Paparazzi-shunning Warbler. We have tons of them in California.

On September 28, 2008 at 4:01 PM Jason Kessler said...

Put me down for a Tennessee as well.

On September 28, 2008 at 5:24 PM rmharvey said...

Not that I am especially taken with the notion, but on the assumption that our host's silence indicates that nobody has yet hit the mark, I will make a wild stab and say Cape May. A picture I checked of a first winter female could not be ruled out because of the unhelpful angle.

On September 28, 2008 at 6:09 PM Kathi said...


The host is silent because he is at a birding festival this weekend. Or else, he is delaying just to torture us.

Bill - I did ID a fall warbler all by myself today - a Palm. OK, it wasn't a "confusing" one and I used the tail-wag behavior as my major "field mark," but still - I got one, at least.