[TN-Bird] Re: Swainson's Warbler at Centennial Park

  • From: Jud Johnston <rivendell@xxxxxxx>
  • To: tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2019 18:32:45 -0500

Maybe this is one of those photos with which you can see a girl's face, turn your head, look back and see a raccoon.  Having read all the responses, I must respectfully disagree with everyone except Ms. Swann.  It seems to me that this is  Swainson's warbler, as she originally postulated.  She stated that the bird had a black eyeline, and there it is, the most prominent feature of the photograph.  Ovenbird eliminated immediately.  The crown, which she said was brown, not striped or orange,  is seen only as a thin sliver at the extreme left, due to the cant of the bird's head.  If the eye isn't in that black line, where is it?  Note also the laser-straight bill, unlike ovenbird's decurved unit.

As with everything I say or do, "I could be wrong".  Good birding guys,

Jud Johnston

Waynesboro - currently on Dauphin Island, where it's been raining too hard to bird.

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