this has to be one of the most confusing fall warblers, you'd think they'd be black!
Thanks, JoAnne. I did have trouble figuring it out. Fortunately Sibley's has a nice page of wood warblers in their most confusing plumages. So it came down to the choice between Blackpoll and Pine W. The Pine has dark legs, not light colored. So I went for the Blackpoll.
...I have to read Sibley's constantly to figure these winter plumages out! I can barely get them straight in the summer! Lovely captures--I'm going to have to get the book out to study this one. I love the pink and yellow bracelets!
Nice photos of an interesting bird.
Lovely shots! I only get Blackpolls in my area during spring migration--it's nice to see what they're up to the rest of the year.
Wow..i am with Kelly..need to check out Sibleys..that sure would have confused me.
Wow cool, these are beautiful shots of a splendid bird... I can see you still have a nice blue sky ;-)
I've been really into expressions used by the British lately. I think this is where one would say "I'm bloody gobsmacked!" Fabulous photos and delightful bird. You rock, baby (strictly American that one)!!!
Thanks, Kelly, Gary, Felicia,Dawn, Chris and Robin, for your comments! @Chris, we are having blue skies much of the time this fall. I guess you are not so fortunate in Iceland, especially now that the days get much shorter. @Robin, are you by any chance reading Keith Richards' "Life"? Lots of British slang expressions. I love the book!
Its interesting to see the various bands on the bird. It must be part of a study with the various colors. Have you looked into any info on them? Not sure where to look but I wonder.
That is one of the toughest warblers to ID. Sometimes they look a lot grayer just to confuse us more.
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