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Old 11-24-2012, 09:10 AM   #11
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I am voting for a golden crowned kinglet, having looked through my iBird guide today for birds of that size in Pennsylvania in November. You can see a little yellow on its head. See what you think.
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I found myself looking at warblers and vireos--based on the shape of the beak, I guess. Still nothing conclusive.
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:33 AM   #13
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I am voting for a golden crowned kinglet, having looked through my iBird guide today for birds of that size in Pennsylvania in November. You can see a little yellow on its head. See what you think.
I see you noticed the little colored patch on its head too. The golden crowned kinglet's markings look too distinct to me--then again, I'm trying to keep in mind it could be a female with different colors/markings.

I found something that it *sort of* looks like--at least in *one or two* photos--but most of the photos look different...and I wonder if I'm stretching if for the range. Here is what I was looking at so far: http://leesbirdblog.files.wordpress....by-bob-nan.jpg an orange crowned warbler--but I don't think I'm right. Most sites say that orange crown is not often seen.
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:42 AM   #14
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...or: Audubon Guides: Philadelphia Vireo Philadelphia vireo?

None of them look quite right. Maybe I will be lucky enough to get another sighting and a better picture bofore too long.

In the mean time, I should try the iBird guide that turttle suggested...I think it is cool that I can add things like "Pennsylvania in November".
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"Thanks for trying, Lib, but I've got catbirds and would recognize one. The picture doesn't show the bird very well but it seems to have a lighter colored breast, darker back, and possibly a white streak across the eye, and maybe a colored patch on its head." Rats!!! I thought I actually scored on an ID.... I caught the patch on top of its head. I didn't catch a lighter colored breast or a darker back though.... I did catch the little white streak but thought that was just the sun not a marking above the eye!!!
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"Thanks for trying, Lib, but I've got catbirds and would recognize one. The picture doesn't show the bird very well but it seems to have a lighter colored breast, darker back, and possibly a white streak across the eye, and maybe a colored patch on its head." Rats!!! I thought I actually scored on an ID.... I caught the patch on top of its head. I didn't catch a lighter colored breast or a darker back though.... I did catch the little white streak but thought that was just the sun not a marking above the eye!!!
That's okay...as far as I know, no one has made the right ID yet--including my guesses (graspings at straws).
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female something is a likely guess, with less distinct markings.
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I am voting for a golden crowned kinglet, having looked through my iBird guide today for birds of that size in Pennsylvania in November. You can see a little yellow on its head. See what you think.
I'm with turttle.
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I'm with turttle.
Okay...I'll give the golden crowned kinglet another look.

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female something is a likely guess, with less distinct markings.
Yeah, I was thinking it was possibly a female something or other, but then with the spot of color on the head, I started thinking it was likely a male--but, obviously, I have no idea!
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Hmmm... I did an image search and found this shot that does make me think that is exactly what it could be: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/P...llthompson.jpg

Seeing other shots with a full view of all of the markings seemed to have thrown me--it is entirely possible those markings are nearly hidden in the shot I got.

Memory of the event was spotty to begin with since it was mostly in the shadows of the undergrowth and I was looking through the camera trying to get it to focus. I did, however, say something in an earlier post that I thought it could've been a yellow crowned sparrow--so, apparently I did see a flash of yellow. In the picture I keep seeing a rufus colored spot on his head. Anyway, I feel more confident in the ID now...thanks to all who responded...thanks to benj1 for getting me to give it a second look, and thanks to turttle for the likely correct ID in the first place. Thanks.
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