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Old Aug 13, 2005, 10:11 PM   #1
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Went for a drive in the country this evening and came across this bird. It is sparrow sized. Couldn't find it in my bird book.

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Old Aug 13, 2005, 10:34 PM   #2
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I would guess an immature Cape May Warbler - an uncommon find, congrats! In what part of the country did you spy the little beast?
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Old Aug 13, 2005, 10:45 PM   #3
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I live in Calgary Alberta (western Canada). I went for a drive just west of the city in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. I was actually sneaking up on a hawk when I saw this bird.

Thanks for your help with the identification.

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Old Aug 13, 2005, 10:52 PM   #4
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Very pretty shot, Jim, of an immature Yellow-Rumped Warbler. The yellow rump is a dead giveaway as is the incomplete eye rings. The Yellow-Rumped is a very common warbler but also one of my favorites!
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Interesting - it would seem to be a little off-course. According to my book they migrate from the east coast to Alaska. You can find a pic of one in similar plumage here - http://www.crossleybirds.com/gallery/Warblers


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Old Aug 13, 2005, 11:25 PM   #6
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Hi welshcob - Yellow-Rumped warblers are common across most of the northern part of the continent in spring and summer and even into fall. Yes, they do indeed make it up to Alaska for breeding but they are not limited to there.

BTW. which book are you using?
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Nice shot, Jim, and good looking warbler.
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Old Aug 14, 2005, 6:42 AM   #8
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Sorry, I was refering to the Cape May, not the Yellow Rump. Given the location and the shape of the beak, I imagine you are correct.<G>
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There are 35,812 different, distinct types of Warblers in North America alone. While this may not be a scientifically accurate statement - It's certainly the way I view the problem. And if Intelligent design makes sense, so does my theory!

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