What bird is this?
Posted 07 August 2012 - 02:45 AM
Posted 07 August 2012 - 03:16 AM
Posted 07 August 2012 - 03:43 AM
It looks like a Empidonax Flycatcher and by range and with that prominent eye-ring possibly Least, Alder or Yellow-bellied. Wait for some others to chime in though. Maybe someone else can narrow it down.
Thanks, jblakelock! I was thinking about Yellow-bellied but that should have a yellowish eye ring. Then a Least but its wing bars are not that prominent.
Here is another shot: http://white-clouds....MG_1195-800.jpg
It looks more like a Least now.
Posted 08 August 2012 - 04:56 AM
Posted 09 August 2012 - 02:21 AM
I can't seem to distinguish between Alder and Least. I think you're right on about ruling out Yellow-bellied based on the white eye-ring. Did you hear it vocalize? Often that is the only way to differentiate flycatcher species. I was thinking that the wing-bars looked pretty prominent.
Unfortunately, I didn't hear it singing. It was a bit far away.
Posted 09 August 2012 - 04:43 AM
Lark Sparrow, Roseate Spoonbill, Painted Bunting
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Posted 10 August 2012 - 04:30 AM
id go with alder
Thanks, blackburnian! Everything matches except for the prominent white eye ring. An Alder should have a faint, whitish eye ring.
Posted 10 August 2012 - 04:32 AM
IMO Primary projection is a bit long for Least. Eyering is pretty large however.... in short, I'm stuck at Empid sp. on this one.
Posted 10 August 2012 - 05:14 PM
Posted 11 August 2012 - 01:38 AM
I agree that the primary projection is too long for a Least. Based on this plumage, this is a young bird that just molted into its new plumage, so that may be making the eye-ring really stand out brightly and throwing off the ID. I can see it as a Trails-type, but unfortunately you can't distinguish Alder from Willow without hearing it vocalize. Not 100% on that ID, though.
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