Date: 12/23/17 7:19 pm From: Michael Park <dpbot...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> Subject: [SFBirds] Apparent Brown-crested Flycatcher
Dear SF Birders,
I am going out on a limb, and identifying the Myiarchus found by Dominic Mosur as a Brown-crested Flycatcher.
My experience is limited to a few sightings in Southern California at known locations with nesting birds. So, I might be missing something obvious to someone with more experience. Commentary is requested.
It did not vocalize in the short time that I was able to view the bird. The underside was pale yellow, possibly not as pale as expected for Ash-throated Flycatcher or as strongly colored as a Great-crested Flycatcher.
I was struck by the massive length and thickness of the bill unlike Ash-throated Flycatcher.
The edging on the tertials is linear, dinghy and not white bold and like a Great-crested Flycatcher.
The tertials and coverts are dark brown -- not black like a Great-crested Flycatcher.
It's not apparent in the photos, but this was a large Myiarchus. I think we can eliminate Dusky-capped Flycatcher.