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Birding Photo Quiz: April 2018

If you look at wood-warblers long enough, you’ll find an oddball: a hybrid, a mutant, or some other sort of individual that doesn’t fit in the box. And with the proliferation of digital photos, we birders are documenting such oddballs as never before. Like this fascinating and beautiful individual:

This is evidently a wood-warbler of some sort. But what sort? Haynes Miller found this bird in Boston, Massachusetts, on October 4, 2017. Photo by © Haynes Miller.

What do you think it is? As always, we are especially appreciative of responses that give us a bit of insight into your thinking. Tell us why you think it’s a so-and-so hybrid or a this-and-that mutant. Hayne’s Miller’s analysis of this interesting wood-warbler appears in the April 2018 Birding, winging its way to ABA members’ mailboxes right now.

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Ted Floyd

Ted Floyd

Editor, Birding magazine at American Birding Association
Ted Floyd is the longtime Editor of Birding magazine, and he is broadly involved in other programs and initiatives with the ABA. Ted has written 200+ magazine articles and 5 books, including How to Know the Birds (National Geographic, 2019). He is a frequent speaker at birding festivals and has served on several nonprofit boards. Join Ted at The ABA Blog for his semimonthly spot, “How to Know the Birds,” celebrating common birds and the uncommonly interesting things they do.