Saturday, October 8, 2011
I checked the Discussion Group to see what birds were spotted by others in the same area near the same date. The two birds that I have never seen before that were reported were a Golden-winged Warbler and a Least Flycatcher. I revisited the pictures of those birds and they look very different from this one. I'm stumped!
It would not show itself at all. We pished and it didn't respond. This cat and mouse game went on for more than 30 minutes without getting any kind of look at the bird.
Finally, we got really low and pished on. I was practically lying on the ground shooting up through the leaves of the tree when I got at least these two pictures of this very secretive little bird. It amazed us that it stayed so long and hid so well.
There does seem to be some faint streaking on the sides, the throat is quite yellow, the eye ring is prominent but I find the beak to be somewhat long and perhaps a bit wide for a warbler. It is the behaviour and the beak that have stopped me from calling this a Yellow Warbler.
Any idea what these two birds might be? Even a hint to point me in the right direction would be appreciated.