Date: 10/9/17 12:00 am
From: 'Willick, Doug' <doug.willick...> [OrangeCountyBirding] <OrangeCountyBirding-noreply...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Hammond's Flycatcher (belated report)
Although hardly worth mentioning, with all the "vagrants" the county has been enjoying this fall so far, but had intended to mention a Hammond's Flycatcher that was present at East Bluff Park (Newport Beach) on Friday (6 October). This was one of very few migrants found while birding that day. The bird was only about 100' northwest of the parking lot (which is at the southeast corner of the park). The bird was interacting (agonistically) with a "Western" Flycatcher, and occasionally gave the "peep" (or "peek") call, which is fairly distinctive among our western U.S. Empidonax species. Would not have known the bird was present had it not given the 3 or 4 calls. Anyway, not really a rarity in OC, but in the coastal regions of So Cal Hammond's Flycatchers are much less common in fall than spring. In fall, Hammond's in OC tend to be fairly rare most years, when most usually occur in October (being a relatively latish migrant). They typically will appear relatively bright/fresh in fall (vs. spring), as this "Empid" conducts its pre-basic molt mostly on its breeding grounds, before migrating south.

Doug Willick
Orange, CA

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