Date: 11/17/20 2:50 pm
From: Sandy Berger <sndbrgr...>
Subject: Re: Fork-tailed Flycatcher subspecies
I saw that bird on the last day it was here. I left my two year old with
the babysitter, didn’t go to the lady’s Bible class I usually attended, and
drove from Fort Smith. I found that bird right there on that levee. Fun

Sandy B.

On Tue, Nov 17, 2020 at 4:07 PM Joseph Neal <joeneal...> wrote:

> I have been enjoying the reports of what I think will be the second
> Fork-tailed Flycatcher record for Arkansas. I thought some might be
> interested in what I have pasted below. It is from a project, never
> completed, begun with late Doug James and Kim Smith. The following was
> prepared in 2012:
> “The only occurrence of this tropical bird in Arkansas was from 14-17 January
> 1995 along Highway 154 approximately 5 miles west of Pontoon, Yell County
> (AAS No. 867, photograph). It was seen by many but the documentation form was
> prepared by William Shepherd accompanied by Brantly Buck, Ragan Sutterfield,
> and Jeremy Davis. This species strays across eastern North America, a
> result of migrants overshooting South America described by McCaskie and Patten
> (1994). Most of the strays are the subspecies *T**. *s. *savana *that
> nests in southern South America and reach mainly eastern USA in late
> summer and fall when migration should be not northward, but southward to
> nest. Ridgley and Tutor (1994) also commented on northward "overshooting
> austral migrants." These strange misdirected flights have been massive in
> Columbia and Venezuela (Hilty and Brown 1986, Hilty 2002). Inspecting photographs
> of the Arkansas bird obtained by Charles Mills, both Van Remsen and Steve
> Cardiff at the Museum of Natural Science, Louisiana State University, Baton
> Rouge, agreed that the Arkansas subspecies is *T. **s. **rn**o**na**c**hus
> *(pers. comm.), which nests in Middle America. Its subpopulation in
> Mexico migrates southward in winter. The strays observed in Texas also are
> *T. *s. *rnonachus *and are present in winter (McCaskie and Patten, 1994)
> as in the case of the January record in Arkansas. Individuals of this
> race have wandered northward in winter in opposition to the expected autumn
> migratory direction southward.”
> I don’t know if any of this applies to the current bird, but I’ll bet
> there are some really great photographs of it, so perhaps the discussion
> about subspecies can continue.
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