Date: 3/20/17 2:16 pm
From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Western kingbird
Hi Abby,

When you say "white tips on the tail," do you actually mean that all of the
tail feathers were dark and ended it a white tip (basically forming a white
terminal band)? That would be suggestive of a Cassin's Kingbird. Western
Kingbird (which normally shouldn't arrive in Oregon for about a month or
so) would have entirely white outer tail feathers, with no white tips at
the ends of the inner tail feathers.

Thanks for any additional details you can provide!

Good birding


On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 1:57 PM, Abby Haight <abhaight...> wrote:

> Watched a Western kingbird hunt for almost 10 minutes at around 9:30 this
> morning in the little field at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. The bird had
> yellow breast, gray head and olive-gray back and white tips on its black
> tail. It perched on teasel and in a small tree, occasionally kiting while
> it hunted.

Hendrik G. Herlyn
Corvallis, OR

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