I went back to St Phils tonight to check on the Black-crowned Night Heron and was just about to leave (because it was pouring out!), when suddenly I could hear the chip call of a bird in some bushes directly in front of me. I stood back a little and did some pishing and out she came! I believe she is nesting in there and wanted to find out who the jerk was who was near her home and causing all the commotion. Check out the brown right between her eyes. I have looked at all four of my bird guides and none of them have this as a field mark. Perhaps it is a genetic mutation of sorts?????
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Really Weird Looking Yellow Warbler
I know, I know, I am posting like crazy today but have been on a birding roll if you will. I was going to wait to post these this week with some of my other bird photos I have taken today but decided to post this on its own as it is just too bizarre.
Note: Thanks Abe and Richard for the confirmation that Stokes has a Yellow Warbler that looks like this. I am wondering how come none of the other guides do though. Will have to find someone I know who owns the book so they can give me more detail because by the time I get it from Amazon, I may have my answer.
I do have an old Audubon Book of Eastern Land Birds and this is a tidbit of info I found interesting.
"This is our only bird which has an all yellow appearance in the field. Males of some tropical American races, including that of the Florida Keys, hav a reddish-brown patch on the top of its head".
Maybe that's what I have here????