Date: 11/12/20 7:11 pm From: Craig Miller <gismiller...> Subject: [obol] Re: An interesting Empid at Hatfield Lake on November 10
Thank you Bill for sharing these excellent photos of a very late Empid.
I am better at ruling species out than identifying with certainty.
It is not a:
Willow or Alder Flycatcher - the eye ring is too pronounced Hammond's Flycatcher - the bill is too large, and primary extensions too short I think Gray Flycatcher - too colorful and not lanky enough Acadian Flycatcher - breast is not pale enough, lower bill tip is dark, not pale, eye ring is not thin and complete Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - insufficient black secondary margin, eye ring is not thin enough
That leaves Dusky Flycatcher and Western-type Flycatcher. If the bill was relatively narrow as you observed, that would rule out Western-type Flycatcher and leave Dusky.
I don't see any features that distinctly rule out Dusky Flycatcher, so that is what I am left with.
It will be interesting to see the opinions of others. Am I missing something?
Craig Miller Bend, OR
On Thu, Nov 12, 2020 at 4:53 PM bill shelmerdine <georn1...> wrote:
> All, > While birding Hatfield Lake a couple of days ago I encountered an > interesting empid. I have been on the road, just returned home today and > downloaded some digi-scoped photos of the bird and entered the trip list > into ebird. I have yet to work out the I.D. and would welcome any comments > or suggestions. Could lead to some interesting discussion and a chance to > learn. Photos and notes can be found here: > https://ebird.org/checklist/S76175560 > Bill Shelmerdine > Olympia WA >