Hi All, While working in my home office today, I noticed a flycatcher land on a partially-shaded branch of an apple tree about 20-25 feet (6-7m) directly out my window. At first glance, I noticed wing bars, and thought I saw a two-colored lower mandible even with my naked eye. I expected it to be an Eastern Wood-pewee as one has been hanging around my yard. However, when I put up my binoculars, I quickly realized that it was instead an Empid. It had a bold, white eye-ring that pinched to a tear-drop behind the eye. The overall color of the head and upperside was greenish rather than grayish brown that you'd see on a Pewee. Three other things jumped out at me. The bill seemed to have a lighter lower mandible and dark upper mandible. It also had very long primary projection. Both of those characteristics pointed me away from Least Flycatcher, along with a longer-lankier rather than stubbier overall impression of the bird sitting in front of me. (I put down my binoculars. Picked up my phone. Fumbled around opening up my camera, and zoomed it to full mag. I took two pictures. Neither show anything diagnostic even as a bird, let alone field marks on a bird.) I picked my binoculars back up, and my last noted characteristic was that it appeared quite yellow below, from the chin to the belly area. This could have been a play on light as it filtered through the apple tree leaves, but it was quite noticeable. It sat there for at least 2 minutes until chased away by the antics of a recently-fledged and 2 adult Gray Catbirds.
I never saw it open its mouth to call, nor did I hear it make any sound. The markings on the bill, long primary projection, and overall shape helped me eliminate Least Flycatcher. The bold eyering, pinched in the rear, pointed me away from Willow. Indeed, the overall green coloration of the dorsal side pointed me away from either Willow or Alder. I am kind of left with Acadian or Yellow-bellowed. Of those, the ventral coloration matches best with Yellow-bellied. Comments and suggestions welcomed. Thanks Jody Jody W. Enck, PhD Conservation Social Scientist, and Founder of the Sister Bird Club Network 607-379-5940 -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://email@example.com/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --