CLOSED: I. D. Help needed.

Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

I am forwarding this request for an I. D. from the Sitka, Alaska Nature Center. He posted a number of good photos.

Thanks Gary

The last couple of days there has been a (very late) warbler around our

neighborhood. I got some photos of it today and could not come up with

Photos, and my thoughts on several warblers that I considered can be

I would appreciate any help with identification of this bird.


Matt Goff

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

I'd agree with Orange-crowned Warbler, subspecies celata ('taiga' in Sibley; as opposed to the local west-coast breeding lutescens), though that yellowish rump is odd (the yellowish under-tail coverts do fit). Slightly reminiscent of Virginia's Warbler, but that doesn't fit on other characters (e.g. has complete eye ring).

Otherwise, it looks very like a Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) from my side of things (it breeds as far east as about 145E in eastern Siberia). But again, the yellowish rump is the sticking point. Of others from Siberia, Dusky and Radde's Warblers can be counted out, they both have much more prominent supercilia.


Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

PS interesting website he has there - found one misident, though, labelled Picea sitchensis seed, is Tsuga heterophylla seed


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