Date: 8/7/17 10:10 am
From: Tom Crabtree <tc...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Interesting Empid

Gray flycatchers have a unique tail dipping action. It drops the tail and then lifts it back up slowly. Dusky & Hammond’s will flick the tail upward. Here is a video that shows this.

Grays have a noticeably longer bill than a Dusky and the back is grayish, not olive tones like the Dusky. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Gray where I’d describe the back as Greenish-gray. They are dingy, gray birds.

That’s my 2 cents worth where Grays and Duskys are both regular inhabitants.

Tom Crabtree, Bend

From: <obol-bounce...> [mailto:<obol-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Bill Tice
Sent: Monday, August 07, 2017 8:15 AM
To: Obol
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

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