My sighting was fleeting, and the yellow wing patches remain strong in my memory. There was more yellow on the head too but I don't recall the pattern. It was enough to make me keep trying to find it, until I saw the WEVI anyway. If it were may I would have little doubt. It being November??? Had the white-eyed vireo not revealed itself immediately after this sighting I probably would have a better description.
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> On Nov 5, 2015, at 7:40 PM, Gregg Severson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> While searching for the White-eyed Vireo at Wood Lake Nature Center, Jamie
> McBride found a possible Golden-winged Warbler. He texted me about the
> find, but had a lot of doubts because it is so late for this species.
> I went there to search for the WEVI, but had no luck. However, I did see
> the possible GWWA.
> Another birder, Dave, was next to me when we spotted the bird in question.
> We both were instantly intrigued by the bird, with both of us studying it
> without calling out an ID at first.
> The resulting description is my own, but perhaps these other individuals
> could chime in with their observations if they see this message.
> The bird had a golden crown, and the yellow color ran across the entire top
> of the head (as opposed to a Golden-crowned Kinglet, where it would be a
> narrow stripe, with a black stripe on either side). There was a
> white-stripe above the eye. The yellow color was brightest on the forehead
> and got more and more grayish towards the neck. The bird also had bright
> yellow patches on the wings. The bird had a generally uniform white or
> light gray underside, but I didn't get a good look at the throat area. It
> was foraging about 5 feet off of the ground on a small branch.
> I thought the bird was warbler-sized (too big for a kinglet), but Dave
> thought it was too small for a warbler. We discussed our sighting right
> then, and he was convinced that it was not a Golden-winged Warbler, but
> possibly some form of Golden-crowned Kinglet. Unfortunately, we didn't see
> the bird for very long, and I had no chance to get my camera on it.
> I search eBird for other late records, and only found 2 reports from either
> Oct. or Nov. in all of MN. Those records were from November 12 and 14,
> 2013 up in Duluth. Here are links to the checklists, where the reporter
> included photos. Those photos match what I was able to discern of the
> bird, although they have more confirming field marks than I saw.
> I looked in the mou database, and mou has the aforementioned records that
> are in eBird, plus a record from 11-6-2010 in Crow Wing County. Otherwise,
> the latest record for GWWA is 10-14.
> If anyone is out there searching for the White-eyed Vireo, please keep your
> eyes (and camera shutters) out for a very late Golden-winged Warbler!
> Gregg Severson
>> On Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 1:45 PM Peter Hoeger <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Following Conny Brunell's directions, at least 4 observers saw and
>> photographed the White-eyed Vireo this Thursday morning,
>> Nov. 5, around 10:15-10:30 am. at Wood Lake Nature Ctr. in Richfield. It
>> was foraging, as Conny related, about 6-10 ft. off the ground
>> (give or take a few feet) among Chickadees and a few Golden-crowned
>> Kinglets. It worked its way north along the trail until it disappeared.
>> As of 11:30 it had not been relocated, but others were still looking.
>> Take the eastern Perimeter Trail south to the intersection with the trail
>> that would take you back northwest to the boardwalk (there is a bench there
>> dedicated to Janet Busse),
>> but keep going south along the nature center border about 360-370 paces
>> until you get to another multi-trail intersection with a bench dedicated to
>> Roy Hopkins and A. Day
>> (there is also a trash bin there). The bird was seen there this morning
>> just past this bench mostly in the trees and brambly shrubs on both sides
>> of the perimeter trail.
>> Pete Hoeger, Mpls.
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