Date: 8/7/17 8:15 am From: Bill Tice <ticebill7...> Subject: [obol] Interesting Empid
Hi All, Just a few minutes ago I was sitting on my front porch taking in the fresh morning, and noticed an empid in/on some of my grapes, about 40 feet away. I could immediately tell (with my bins) it was different than the usual pewees and occasional pac slopes I have here, and suspected a Dusky because of the short primary extension - and this was on the first viewing of a few seconds. He flew over to the other side of the grapes, but was back in a few seconds. He had a tinge of a yellowish belly, grayish wash to breast, and was dipping his tail every 2-3 seconds, and had a large bill, mostly yellow on the underside which stood out quite distinctly - the size and color that is. There was a slight contrast between his gray head and greenish-gray back. When he flew a to the next perch some white outer tail feathers were observed. My time with the bird was about 30 seconds. I figured it best to grab my camera and get some pics, but by the time I returned he was gone. I am more or less pinching myself, wondering if this could really be a gray flycatcher. But as we all know, empids are the bane of birders. I'd appreciate some thoughts to shed more light on this bird. I really can't add anymore on it.
-- Bill Tice
Birding: The best excuse for getting outdoors, and, for avoiding chores