I never have a problem identifying this male Common Yellowthroat Warbler for its black mask leaves no doubt as to what it is. Identifying the female is sometimes more difficult but on the day these first two pictures were taken the female was with the male flitting about in the trees and bushes along the railroad tracks. The female is lacking the conspicuous black mask but she has the same yellow throat as the male and also the same colouring in other areas.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Yesterday when I took this warbler's picture I was at first confused about what its identity. However, after having looked at photos of female Common Yellowthroats I think that is what it perhaps is, or better yet, I think it may be a first year juvenile of that species.