Date: 7/14/20 6:55 am From: Jack Williamson <jack.williamson.jr...> Subject: [obol] Re: Empidonax (Yeah-But)
Thanks to those who responded so quickly. I woke up to four thoughtful replies - each with a different ID :-) Which made me feel better of course. The one piece of advice that I keep forgetting is that the visual ID of Empidonax is a fools errand. I will keep trying nevertheless.
Jack Williamson West Linn, Oregon
On Mon, Jul 13, 2020 at 9:11 PM Jack Williamson < <jack.williamson.jr...> wrote:
> This morning while sitting in a meadow near Black Butte Ranch caring for > my dog Remy's paw, two different flycatchers flew into a nearby bush within > 30-45 seconds of each other. > > Empidonax flycatchers are hard to come by for me, especially nearby with > good lighting. So I thought - finally, I will be able to make a couple of > definitive identifications after capturing good images of each bird. > > My choice of species based on the eBird bar charts for July for this area > includes Hammond's, Dusky, Gray, Pacific Slope, and this year Least. > > I am convinced I am somewhere on the bird-id-autism-spectrum after > spending several hours comparing my images to the online literature and > coming up with buttkiss. > > I thought the second bird that seemed to be following the first might be > the offspring of the first because I have never seen flycatchers follow > each other, but I ruled that out after seeing the worn retrices of the > second bird. > > Your impressions will be much appreciated. > > Images of the first bird have a green background the second blue. > > https://adobe.ly/38Scoeu > > Jack Williamson > West Linn, Oregon >