Female Palm Warbler . . . ?

I’m pretty sure this lovely little bird is a female Palm Warbler (Audubon.org), but then again, could it be a non-breeding male (All About Birds)?? Or someone else???

I’d love to have a correct ID if you know! 😊 I can’t recall if this bird was a tail-bobber, which is a very common identifier for Palm Warblers (eBird), and I think its yellow coloring may have been dulled by the shadows.

Palm Warblers are one of our most frequently seen winter visitors here in southeast Florida. They arrive early and stay late, and are delightfully common at this time of year.

As for the rest of the year, “The great boreal forest [of Canada], often called ‘North America’s bird nursery,’ is the summer home to billions of migratory birds and an estimated 98% of all Palm Warblers(All About Birds).

22 thoughts on “Female Palm Warbler . . . ?

  1. Looks serene and youthful!

    On Wed, Jan 19, 2022 at 3:00 PM Birder’s Journey wrote:

    > Birder’s Journey posted: ” I’m pretty sure this lovely little bird is a > female Palm Warbler (Audubon.org), but then again, could it be a > non-breeding male (All About Birds)?? Or someone else??? I’d love to have a > correct ID if you know! [image: 😊] I can’t recall if this bird was a t” >

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  2. I believe you are correct on a Palm Warbler, Carol! Actually the males and females look identical. Since it’s non-breeding season, it gets more confusing because the adults look like the immatures. So you’ve captured either an adult or an immature. 🙂

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  3. Usually, one can identify a Palm Warbler from ten miles away due to its vigorous tail-wagging!

    The one you have photographed is a western Palm Warbler. Sexes are similar. It’s common during migration to see the western variety in our area. The eastern (or “Yellow”) sub-species has brighter yellow and brown plumage.

    Fun to watch no matter where they come from!

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