Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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[Mystery bird] Lucy’s Warbler, Vermivora luciae, photographed in Arizona. [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow]

Image: Richard Ditch, 2007 [larger view].

Date Time Original: 2007:06:21 07:31:23
Exposure Time: 1/80
F-Number: 5.60
ISO: 800

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  1. #1 John Callender
    January 21, 2009

    I believe that’s a Lucy’s Warbler — and it’s cute as a button. The little red cap is what put me on that path, and I’m seeing the “pale face” that Sibley talks about, and a distinct absence of the yellow underneath that I’d expect for Nashville Warbler. The spectacles with a hint of a light stripe extending back from the eye also matches the Sibley illustration nicely, and helps me rule out Virginia’s Warbler, which has a “complete white eye-ring”.

  2. #2 Jim Greaves
    January 21, 2009

    Lucy’s warbler. Crown patch, eye-ring, and pure white underneath. No other bird like it! But just for amusement, note lack of the “usual” ID characteristics on this site, except for the rusty rump:

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