Date: 11/16/20 12:01 pm
From: Susan Fogleman <sfogleman...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Really late Empid
So are there folks headed over to Dave’s place to look for this critter? If I lived closer than central NH, I sure would be!

Susan Fogleman

Susan Fogleman
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“The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.”
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> On Nov 16, 2020, at 2:57 PM, Fred and Chris Pratt <pipit...> wrote:
>
> 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.
>
> Fred Pratt
>
> 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.
>>
 
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