Palm Warbler, Delray Beach FL

I don’t know my warblers.  If I see a small, heavily patterned bird with some yellow on it, I always guess the yellow-rumped warbler.

In this case my bird app, Merlin, disagrees, identifying this one as an adult palm warbler in non-breeding colours.

At least the yellow-rumped is shown as one of seven similar species . . .

Palm warbler in shadows.

 

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4 Comments

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Jim – Yes, he was very obliging. Here in Myrtle Beach I’m chasing warblers that won’t sit still long enough for me to get even an “identification quality” shot – never mind a nice picture.

  1. Jim Taylor

    You have a bird app? Is it like some of the music apps — so that you show it a picture of the bird you’ve just taken, and it tells you what you just took? Or is it more like Peterson’s guides, where you have to have a fairly clear idea of what genus/species/lookalike group you’re hunting for? I mean, with Peterson, you’d better know that this is in the sparrow or finch family and not the eagle/hawk family if you expect to find it on a page somewhere.
    Jim T

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Jim – Yes, my bird app for my phone is Merlin. I recommend it highly. I can take a picture on my phone and Merlin will, with amazingly good reliability, tell me what it is or what it might be. It can work with pretty fuzzy, long distance shots, and knows all about time of year and the male versus female/juvenile distinctions. I wish they had a version for laptops because I’m usually taking photos with my camera, so have to mess about getting it to my phone. Life is so hard . . .

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