My only "Western" Flycatcher sighting in Oregon that I can confidently
assign to Cordilleran comes from the Deep Creek canyon near Adel. I have a
few tentative Cordillerans from Malheur NWR and Fields from the time
shortly after the split, but those IDs may have been based on assumption
rather than fact - at the time, birds in far Eastern Oregon were considered
most likely Cordilleran by default. If there ever was a candidate for
relumping, it is the Western Flycatcher!
Happy Empid hunting
On Wed, May 15, 2019 at 4:02 PM Alan Contreras <acontrer56...> wrote:
> There have been a couple of silent Western-type flycatchers at HQ in
> recent days. The refuge checklist just calls these Cordillerans but I’m
> not sure there is really a basis for calling them anything unless they are
> calling. I have heard obvious Pacslopes at Hart Mountain and exactly one
> Cordilleran in Oregon, ever, by sound (Burnt River Canyon, Baker County).
> What’s the current wisdom on these, er, species?
> Alan Contreras
> Eugene, Oregon
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Hendrik G. Herlyn
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