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Alders Flycatcher ? - Western Mass

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I kept hearing what sounded like Alders flycatcher and since I have no confirmed Alders (it's a lifer) I was determined to get some pics of the bird. I know Willow's / Alder's are almost impossible to tell apart except their song/calls. If the pics  would identify it as a Trails Flycatcher I can add it to my life list as an Alders. I also get the Alders and Eastern Phoebe song mixed up so that is also why I was making sure it was not a Phoebe. There were some Willow's around (I recognize their calls/songs). Is it unusual to have both in the same area?

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First, this is definitely not a phoebe -- the head's not dark, there's some pale color on the lower mandible, and there's a bit of an eye-ring. I'd worry a bit about Least as a possibility -- once they start getting worn they're that much trickier. But if I have to call it, I'd say it's a Traill's, and if you heard Alders calling I don't see any issue with counting them.

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On ‎8‎/‎12‎/‎2017 at 2:57 PM, Tomahawkt77 said:

Is it unusual to have both in the same area?

Not sure about MASS but here in SE BC (N of Golden) where their ranges overlap they are found breeding in the same areas with the Alders tending to be in areas with taller and thicker shrubbery. Great opportunity to learn and compare their songs and call notes.

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