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#1 jordanian2



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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:48 AM

Hi everyone,

I took this photo on the eastern shore of Maryland the other day: http://www.flickr.co...N05/7642911270/

I think it's a female Acadian Flycatcher, but I'm not completely certain.

Thanks for your help!

#2 TheGodComplex



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Posted 25 July 2012 - 11:14 AM

I am not too certain either, since it looks almost a dark brown color, but I would agree.

It has the two curved stripes of white on its wing, has the whitish belly, black eye with whitish eye ring, and the beak that is dark on top and a bit orange on the bottom.

I am not sure whether it is male or female, though.

EDIT: I would wait for someone else to also confirm it though, since I am a beginner at identifying birds still.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 01:25 PM

Well, definitely a worn flycatcher. I would say that what's visible of the eye-ring should rule out a Wood-Pewee, and in that case the long primary projection should mean it's an Acadian, but with most Empies a final ID without a call is going to be tentative, to say the least.

I don't think there's any way to sex these in the field, except possibly by a few of the call notes.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 01:29 PM

I'd lean Acadian on this one as well, based on the primary projection. As Psweet said, no way to determine the sex of this guy (or gal).

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:51 PM

Thanks, everyone!

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 11:13 PM

Guess I'll just echo the prior comments. Empid flycatchers are very hard to ID without hearing them vocalize. The primary projection does look OK for Acadian. Looking at eBird, it seems that Acadian is the most likely species as well. So, it is probably an Acadian, but not 100%.

I haven't heard of sorting out male vs. female, getting the correct species is hard enough.

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