Date: 10/10/17 8:25 pm From: Charles Gates <cgates326...> Subject: [COBOL] Least Flycatcher in Crook County ?????????????
Lots of excitement at my house in Powell Butte today. This afternoon, I noticed a VARIED THRUSH in the yard so I grabbed my camera to get some shots. Staying very still allowed me to get close views as it foraged in my yard and drank at my feeder. At one point, it was joined by a second Varied Thrush. I then noticed some finch activity in my crab apple tree and photographed one of the three PURPLE FINCHES munching on crab apples. The curved culmen and blurry sides seen well on these birds brought me to that ID. This is not an easy bird to find in Crook County.
Then the real fun started. I was busy watching the Yellow-rumped Warblers, Spotted Towhees, White-crowned Sparrows, Juncos, flickers and a few others when a flycatcher flew into my poplar. I grabbed the camera and fired off some feeble attempts but got nothing but silhouettes. The bird flew out and I thought it was gone. I went back to the photogenic Varied Thrushes. A few minutes later, the flycatcher returned. I watched and photographed it for about ten minutes. It's really late for any empid so I wanted to get good photos for documentation. The bird had a short bill, what looked like short wing extensions and a short tail. At not time did it flick the tail up or pull it down but the tail would move slightly when the bird was at rest. I started thinking about the possibility of LEAST FLYCATCHER but I didn't have the field marks for that bird memorized. I left it after 10 minutes and what I thought was a good sampling of photos. When I analyzed them on the computer, I still see a short bill and short tail but the wing extentions look short in some photos and longer in others. I'll let others see the photos and give their opinions. Fun time for sure.