Date: 11/25/21 11:27 am From: Eastman, Caroline <EASTMAN...> Subject: RE: Apparent Hammond‚Äôs Flycatcher in SC
Years ago there was a mystery winter Empidonax at Congaree National Park. There was a lot of speculation on ID, including possibly Hammondís. People, especially Robin Carter, kept a close watch on the bird. It hung around all winter and finally started to sing. Yellow-bellied! [I think I remember the species correctly.] It did not look as much like a Hammondís as the one at Lake Busbee.
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Iím looking at Facebook Carolina Rare Birds, and Chris Hill recently posted a bunch of photos taken yesterday I think, of a silent Empidonax at Lake Busbee in Conway. Found by Steve and Barb Thomas and Paul Serridge.
Youíll need to see the Facebook group message and photos for more info. Surprised not to have seen any previous mention on this listserve, and as it has not had a name put on it, doesnít show up on eBird rarity listing yet.
PS -/ agree that the marks do look like a Hammonds to me as well. Especially having recently studied the numerous photos of the N.C. bird on the CBC PHoto Gallery.