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#1 sfischer2250

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 03:21 PM

I just saw this bird in the backyard - Central Florida. Don't remember seeing it before...

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 03:42 PM

Don't suppose you have any other pictures? It looks like an Eastern Wood-Pewee, but that's an awfully long bill.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 03:49 PM

It flew off just as I took this one. My first thought was an Eastern Phoebe but the bill is too long. Then I was thinking of a Great Crested Flycatcher...wish I could have sen the front!

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 05:40 PM

Not a GCFC. . . that's one heck of a beak!!

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 05:50 PM

Looks like an Ash-throated Flycatcher that's missing a few feathers from around the base of the bill.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 05:54 PM

Looks like an Ash-throated Flycatcher that's missing a few feathers from around the base of the bill.


I'd say Great Crested by range. They can look especially long-billed when those feathers are misplaced.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 06:02 PM

Yes, it is the beak that is throwing me for a loop. I have seen GCFC here but never one with a beak this size.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 06:08 PM

Somehow I read the location and saw Central California. Guess the 8 hours I got last night wasn't enough.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 06:23 PM

I think it's a GCFC

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 06:59 PM

My husband says it is obviously a GCFC with a Pinocchio beak.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 09:47 PM

I don't know if anyone is looking at this anymore but I think the bird came back - definitely a GCFC with a largish beak!

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 10:25 PM

Have you sent this photo to a local forum? I'd suggest getting some additional help -- this is just weird enough to be wondering about other Myiarchus. If it's vocal, try to grab a recording.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 10:27 PM

I haven't sent it to anyone but here...

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 10:51 PM

Have you sent this photo to a local forum? I'd suggest getting some additional help -- this is just weird enough to be wondering about other Myiarchus. If it's vocal, try to grab a recording.


Psweet, what do you see that would point to it being something other than a GCF? The first photo definitely had odd color and lighting, but after seeing the second I'm satisfied with GCF.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 11:10 PM

That bill is simply huge, and I don't see much rufous in the tail, or much in the way of clean, bright edging on the tertials. Thing is, if it's not a GCFL, then it's something very good, and it would be annoying to find that out 3 or 4 months from now when it's too late to do anything about it.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 12:06 AM

This is getting interesting...can hardly wait to see what is the final decision!

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 06:43 AM

I'm not familiar with Flycatchers, but this bird is pretty interesting so on a whim I checked the ebird map for Brown-crested Flycatcher seems there's been a few sightings in central Florida in the past decade and even more in South Florida.
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Posted 17 June 2012 - 12:53 PM

I'm going to post this to the Florida Audubon site and see what they say. I googled it and found an article about a sighting at Ft. DeSota Park in St. Petersburg.

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 12:08 AM

If anyone is still following this, you may want to see this article. You can compare the picture of the Brown-crested flycatcher with my pic:

http://www.blogthebe...ort-desoto-park




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