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At 04:35 PM 7/21/00 -0400, Giff Beaton wrote:
>  Andy's other thread was the one excerpted below
>about a warbler photo:
>
>"On a different note, a few days ago Barbara Passmore kindly passed along
>the website with some fine parulid pictures from Canada
>(http://www3.sympatico.ca/regisf/diaporama/paruline.html).  I ran through
>these and got kind of stuck on the fourth photo, the Paruline a joues
>grises (or Nashville Warbler as the AOU-CLC French name index shows) .
>When I first saw this I thought it was an immature Canada Warbler.  A few
>others around here at the museum thought similarly, although none of us can
>definitely put our finger on why it may be a Canada and not a Nashville.
>But Bill shape (rather straight), toe and leg color (pinkish?) suggest
>Canada.  Take a look.  Any other comments?"
>
>I would have to disagree on the id of this warbler. While it is not a great
>shot, and colors can show up differently on different people's computer
>screens, I do not think this is a Canada. It's true you can't really see
>the bill very well (in any case "rather straight" would not be wrong for
>Nashville), but the head is clearly gray, which eliminates all ages and
>sexes of Canada. The eye ring looks pretty much white also, another vote
>against Canada. I can't get enough on the length or shape of the bill to be
>certain either way, but perhaps a better candidate if this isn't a
>Nashville would be fall Magnolia Warbler, based on the head pattern. The
>lighting of this shot is also not that great, but I don't think it actually
>is a Magnolia either. For a Mag to have flank streaks this faint, almost
>non-existent (like a first-fall female), you would expect a band of gray
>across the upper breast. I see neither streaks nor the gray band. If you
>could tell whether there were any wingbars this would be an easier call,
>but I can't tell for sure. Finally, even though you can only see the tip of
>the tail, the distal tip of the underside should be black, and it isn't in
>this shot. Leg color is still a problem, because both Nashville and
>Magnolia would have dark if not black legs, but I wonder if it's not a
>trick of the poor lighting. I think it probably is a Nashville, all of the
>above considered.
>Giff Beaton
>Marietta GA

I think this bird is a Nashville Warbler.  I assume the foot/leg color to
be an artifact of the photo.  It is not a Magnolia, IMHO, or a Canada.  The
jizz, shape of the body is not right.   JD


Jack Dozier
Alligator Pt., FL
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