Got wood-warbler questions? If so, I have answers for you. I'm Daniel Edelstein — biologist, birding guide, birding instructor (www.warblerwatch.com and firstname.lastname@example.org) — who ponders: Are there any wonders in our world more fascinating than the elegant beauty of wood-warblers? (All photos © Martin Meyers unless otherwise noted.) By the way, my upcoming new adult college birding class is featured at: http://danielsmerrittclasses.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Difficult Decisions: Identifying Female Warbler Species
Which are the most difficult wood-warbler female species to identify from one another?
All rise and bow to the Lord of Warbler Identification, as how doth one begin to compile such a lengthy list?
It includes such opponents as Wilson’s vs. Hooded; Yellow-Rumped vs. Cape May; Common Yellowthroat vs. Wilson’s; Wilson’s vs. Yellow; Bay-Breasted vs. Blackpoll (in late summer/autumn) – and I’ve just begun to scratch the surface of this identification game conundrum.
An interesting treatise on this topic appears at the following web site address:
Here, the author (Larry Liese) explores how to distinguish female Yellow, Wilson’s, and Common-Yellowthroat from each other.
(The illustrator of the above graphic is George C. West.)
Posted by Daniel Edelstein, M.S. at 12:56 PM
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