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July 29, 2014


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Matthew, I'm sticking with Blackburnian mainly because the streaking does not come across the breast or into the throat.
Frankly, I'd love to have a Cape May Warbler because it would be a new yard bird for me, but I just don't think it is. I welcome more thoughts and opinions though!!

Matthew Janson

The "Blackburnian" Warbler in your photo is actually a Cape May. The grayish cheek patch and color that is more dandelion yellow instead of orange shows it's a Cape May.

You're lucky to get those guys in your yard!

Matthew Janson- Charlotte, NC

The Zen Birdfeeder

Joyce, good sighting on the Black-throated Blue! I love that warbler because they're so easy to ID (at least the adult males are!)

Joyce Conley

Wow, how lucky for you. I recognized the black-throated blue warbler. I saw it briefly a few weeks ago in my yard and could not identify it. Thanks, now I know.

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