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#1 dwelch60

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 01:31 AM

Does anyone know what this is? It was flitting around a farm in the Shenandoah Valley last week. The tail suggests flycatcher but it was definitely bluish and has a long beak.Attached File  2012-07-23 IMG_0514.jpg   1.39MB   58 downloads

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 02:58 AM

That's a very young juvenile Eastern Phoebe. It's still missing many of the feathers on the throat, which makes the bill look longer than it is, and the feathers on the undersides aren't laying properly flat, which reveals the grayish down below.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 11:32 AM

Agree with Juvenile Eastern Phoebe.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 11:13 PM

Excellent! Many thanks. Was it also moulting?

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 12:37 AM

Excellent! Many thanks. Was it also moulting?


Probably. These guys undergo a prolonged molt right after they leave the nest in late summer-fall.

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