Date: 11/16/20 11:57 am From: Fred and Chris Pratt <pipit...> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Really late Empid
I am a bit rusty on western empi's but I think wing-flicking and tail-wagging was considered helpful in separating Hammond's from Dusky Flycatcher and other small empi's. Another tail-wagging western empid is Gray Flycatcher but he is larger, wags tail only.
On 11/16/2020 11:25 AM, David Guertin wrote: > Well, this was a shock. I haven't seen an Empid in over two months, > and yet here was one this morning in my yard in Cornwall, braving the > mid-November chill. This was one extremely tardy (and probably cold > and hungry) flycatcher. > > Here are the notes I submitted to eBird: My first impression was that > of a stubby, short-tailed flycatcher that suggested Eastern > Wood-Pewee, but the combination of bold white wing bars and obvious > eye ring made it clearly an Empid. Constant wing-flicking and tail > wagging. Gray throat, grayish sides. The prominence of the eye ring > has me leaning towards Alder over Willow, but this time of year with > fresh plumage, who knows? I also can't rule out Least, but the > behavior seemed more Alderish. Found in the wild raspberry patch > between our yard and the adjacent farm fields. > > I'm trying to recall if I've seen Least Flycatchers do that constant > nervous wing-flicking thing, but I can't recall, and my field guides > don't note that for Least. > > Any flycatcher gurus want to weigh in? Whatever it was, it was > certainly unexpected! > > Dave G. >