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Possible palm warbler, Sunday India Basin


Andrew R
 

On Sunday at 10am, I saw what I thought was a strange yellow-rumped warbler in a shrub at India Basin Shoreline Park. It hopped down from the shrub and poked around on the ground, then flew into the tree on the other side of the footpath. iNaturalist suggested palm warbler from the subpar photos. I've since learned that the yellow below the tail points to palm warbler rather than yellow-rumped (which has yellow above the tail). I can also see a fairly strong white eyebrow that maybe supports palm. Lastly the white throat, though I guess that could indicate myrtle yellow-rumped. I'm a newbie, so I wanted to check before posting on ebird. Any critiques welcome!


GPS: 37°44'05.1"N 122°22'30.5"W


Aaron Maizlish
 

Andrew, this is a Palm Warbler.  Nice find!

Aaron Maizlish 


On Nov 2, 2020, at 5:35 PM, Aaron Maizlish <amm.birdlists@...> wrote:

Feel free to send me the photo. I’ll do my best. palm warbler, though uncommon, can be expected to show up a few times a year, usually around now. 

Aaron


On Nov 2, 2020, at 4:41 PM, Andrew R <reckersandrew@...> wrote:

On Sunday at 10am, I saw what I thought was a strange yellow-rumped warbler in a shrub at India Basin Shoreline Park. It hopped down from the shrub and poked around on the ground, then flew into the tree on the other side of the footpath. iNaturalist suggested palm warbler from the subpar photos. I've since learned that the yellow below the tail points to palm warbler rather than yellow-rumped (which has yellow above the tail). I can also see a fairly strong white eyebrow that maybe supports palm. Lastly the white throat, though I guess that could indicate myrtle yellow-rumped. I'm a newbie, so I wanted to check before posting on ebird. Any critiques welcome!


GPS: 37°44'05.1"N 122°22'30.5"W

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Andrew R
 

Thank you for the identifications! This was a great lesson for me to check field marks and not assume it's the common species. Now I'll be scrutinizing every ruby-crowned kinglet to see if it's a hutton's vireo...