Bird identification help
- I just uploaded a photo (album is AKPEAC) of what I think is a male
yellow-rumped warbler. Is it? He's been hanging out at our house
(Turnagain area) for the past couple of nights. Makes a nice change
from the routine crowd of nuthatches, redpolls, chickadees, juncos,
Oh, and while your're looking in the album...could you look at my
photo of the yellow-legs? Is there an easy way to tell the Greaters
from the Lessers? Let me know if it's incorrectly labeled (or
anything else, for that matter!).
Parrot Education & Adoption Center
- Hi Karen,
Your yardbird is a Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle subspecies) and the yellowlegs is a
Greater Yellowlegs. The primary ways to distinguish between the Greater and Lesser
Yellowlegs when looking at a photograph would be the bill length and the plumage
markings on the flank. The bill of the Greater is usually longer than its head length and is
often somewhat upturned. The bill of the Lesser is normally equal to its head length.
When in breeding plumage, the flank of the Greater is usually marked with numerous dark
bars and the flank of the Lesser is mostly unmarked. Of course, there's a size difference
between the species, but unless you see the two species side by side (which is often
possible off of the Coastal Trail on the other side of the RR tracks at Westchester Lagoon),
it's hard to use size as an ID factor. The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North
America and the National Geograhic Field Guide to the Birds of NA both have good
descriptions of both yellowlegs species and also discuss the differences in the flight and
display calls of each species.
--- In AKBirding@yahoogroups.com, "Karen" <akpeac@...> wrote:
> I just uploaded a photo (album is AKPEAC) of what I think is a male
> yellow-rumped warbler. Is it? He's been hanging out at our house
> (Turnagain area) for the past couple of nights. Makes a nice change
> from the routine crowd of nuthatches, redpolls, chickadees, juncos,
> Oh, and while your're looking in the album...could you look at my
> photo of the yellow-legs? Is there an easy way to tell the Greaters
> from the Lessers? Let me know if it's incorrectly labeled (or
> anything else, for that matter!).
> Thank you.
> Karen Webster
> Parrot Education & Adoption Center
- Thank you, Bob! I do have Sibley's, but I'm not so good when it comes to
matching birds with descriptions...I find I'm better with photos. Usually,
between the Sibley's and my old Audubon book I can do pretty well, and when
all else fails I go online to Cornell's Lab of Ornithology (Birds of North
America Online). I was fairly certain the warbler was the Myrtle spp (thank
you Sibley!), but the Yellowlegs, well, that was 50/50 guess for me. :-)
Managing Director, Anchorage
Parrot Education & Adoption Center -www.akpeac.org
IAABC Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant -www.iaabc.org .
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