Indistinct from this angle - Eastern or Western race, looks to be western?
I am currently in Southern Florida on my annual visit to family. We are just a little bit early for spring migration but the Palm Warbler is the first to start - but they also over-winter here as well. At the moment they are very common here and have probably moved north from the Caribbean. Yesterday evening I discovered a small flock of 20 or so feeding avidly on tiny insects and spiders in the low shrubs and undergrowth bordering the lawns of a public park - West Lake which is a favorite place of mine. It was a real treat to follow them up and down for half an hour or so waiting for a good photo opportunity. Amongst them was a single male Northern Parula and one Black and White Warbler. It was just a lovely experience for me, extremely interesting, fascinating and exciting as you never know what is going to put in an appearance. The Palm Warbler is extra interesting because there are two distinct races the one above belongs to the Eastern race. This race has mostly yellow streaked underparts and rump whereas the Western race has a yellow throat and rump but still has streaks. I have photographed both but on this trip I have seen both. There is a possibility that in the future they will be separated in to two distinct species.
This shows yellow underparts, almost certainly belonging to the yellow Eastern Race. The image below is probably a female but which race - who knows?
This image beneath shows the distinct yellow throat of a Western bird or brown Palm Warbler which I photographed the previous evening, quite clearly different. This is to my eyes is a slightly more attractive bird.
This is the same bird from a different angle but you can see the yellow throat and also distinctly yellow spercillium.
Early in my session I discovered one single bird feeding on the edge of the lake. This was a Western "brown" bird and a nice find.
As dusk was almost upon us and the tiny midges colloquially known as "noseeums" began to bite, suddenly there was a beautiful Black and White Warbler, they are very active, I have seen them before and always love them, they behave almost like Treecreepers and are hard to photograph but I had a tiny bit of success but the light was bad and they are very active and never still. But what a bird!
As I mentioned, amongst the small flock of Palm Warblers was one singly male Northern Parula. Is this the most beautiful of all the North American Warbler? Possibly but there are a lot to choose from and they are all very pretty and gorgeous.