Date: 5/25/19 6:06 pm From: Jack Williamson <jack.williamson.jr...> Subject: [obol] A break in the weather brought good birds to Black Butte Ranch
There was a wonderful assortment of birds this morning on the ranch.
WILSON'S SNIPE, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, WILSON'S WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and two EMPIDONAX sp. were among the most cooperative.
The two Empidonax flycatchers were about 1/2 mile apart. Unfortunately, neither bird vocalized. But both bobbed their tails up first, then down helping me rule out Gray. I noted pale lores, off-white wing bars, olive-gray upperparts, white to yellow-tinged underparts, and a faint eye-ring on the first bird. The second bird's posture was more erect than the first and it was darker overall, with whiter wing bars and had a longer primary-projection. I've tentatively identified the first bird as a WILLOW FLYCATCHER, and the second as a DUSKY FLYCATCHER.