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Bird Identification: OC Warbler? A Vireo?

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P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 16, 2013
3:54 PM

Post #9421264

Shot these in the last couple of days in Willis, TX - just north of Houston in a mostly pine but some hardwood area.

I think the first three are of an Orange-crowned Warbler? That's the only thing I can figure out that would be here this time of year. Wilson's would but this bird doesn't have the dark cap. Pine Warbler would too, but they have white under the tail instead of yellow and they have wingbars.

The last two are of a vireo I think, but not sure which.

Patti

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

February 16, 2013
11:26 PM

Post #9421544

1-3 Orange Crowned Warbler and 4-5 Black-capped Vireo

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 17, 2013
12:49 AM

Post #9421555

Donna,

Isn't the black capped endangered? Or maybe I have an old book? That's what it looks like, but I don't think they are supposed to be in my neck of the woods. That would be awesome.

Thanks!

Patti
DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

February 17, 2013
10:16 AM

Post #9421957

yes they are endangered through habitat loss(housing and cattle & sheep grazing lands cleared) and parasitism from the Cowbird. With the bad rain storms that came through out of the west it could have been pushed more easterly during migration. We had a Painted Redstart down here all last winter. I am not sure where you are on the map but my book shows up from Mexico, curving around and up through mid central Tx up to OK.

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 17, 2013
10:43 AM

Post #9421981

That must be it then. Sure looks right. Thanks so much.

Patti

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 17, 2013
11:24 AM

Post #9422030

Bit late ;-) but ditto

Resin

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 17, 2013
5:27 PM

Post #9422409

Thanks Resin.
Flicker
Covington, LA
(Zone 8b)

February 18, 2013
7:21 PM

Post #9423766

Hummm. Looks like a blue headed vireo to me.

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 18, 2013
11:25 PM

Post #9423910

Yes, I am still on the fence about this one. The eye isn't right for black-capped and I've looked in a few more books and they are not supposed to be in the Willis area.They are more in central TX as Donna mentioned.

I'll open this one up again for a bit to see if there is any additional input...

Willis is just about 40 miles north of Houston.

Patti

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 20, 2013
11:24 AM

Post #9425603

Rechecked, I'd agree with Blue-headed - I'd forgotten that they were present in Texas in winter, wrongly thinking they'd all be in South or Central America at this time of year

Resin

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 20, 2013
2:00 PM

Post #9425746

Ah, thanks so much for looking again, Resin. Rats, I'll have to take it off of my list. :)

I thought that was too good to be true.

Patti

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