Ah, dear Friends,
As is my wont, I asked some of my birder friends to help me identify the bird I posted yesterday as a new life list bird, a blue-headed vireo. Included in my inquires was a letter with the photo to the NC Museum of Natural History through their Ask a Naturalist program https://is.gd/KuSTMK. I had studied my photo. Studied the identification points in my Crossley Guide and Stokes Birds books. I was pretty darn certain that the bird was a blue-headed vireo and so were the birder friends I had sent it to. Alas, here is the reply from Dr. O’Shea at the Museum…and it appears that he was startled by the similarities of the bird to a blue-headed vireo.
“…Hi, although I had to do a double-take on this one, it is a Pine Warbler. The broken eye-ring and “spectacled” look is exceptionally bright on this individual, but there is some variability in this species in the Fall, and for that reason it is one of the most confusing of the warblers at this time of year. In general, the stocky shape, thick bill, lack of streaking, and the fact that it was with a flock of Pine Warblers also argue for the ID. Hope this helps, Brian”
Brian J. O’Shea, Ph.D.
Collections Manager for Ornithology
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W. Jones St. Raleigh NC 27601
My apologies and back to the hunt for a true blue-headed vireo.
peace and grace and sheepish grin on my face,