Hi Adrian, Thanks for your feedback. Only took a quick second through binoculars to realize that the shape was an Empid not a Pewee, which I just assumed given that I had seen one earlier. My reference to it being stretched out was to indicate it was more like a Willow Flycatcher in structure than a Least Flycatcher. Sorry for any confusion.
Thanks again. Jody Jody W. Enck, PhD Conservation Social Scientist, and Founder of the Sister Bird Club Network 607-379-5940 On Mon, Jul 29, 2019 at 1:49 PM Adrian Burke <aburke...@gmail.com> wrote: > Hi Jody > > Frankly sounds like a pewee to me. The long primaries and overall tall > rather than round appearance are the best marks for pewees. Like empids > they have orange lower and dark upper mandibles. They can show eyerings. In > certain light like bright sun through leaves they can appear quite greenish > above and yellowish below. I’d suggest sharing your photos. Perhaps others > can draw conclusions from them although you may not be able to. Shape alone > would be enough to confirm a pewee if that’s indeed what it was. > > Good birding > > Adrian Burke > > On Mon, Jul 29, 2019 at 11:13 AM Jody Enck <jodye...@gmail.com> wrote: > >> 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:* >> Welcome and Basics <http://www.northeastbirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME> >> Rules and Information <http://www.northeastbirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES> >> Subscribe, Configuration and Leave >> <http://www.northeastbirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm> >> *Archives:* >> The Mail Archive >> <http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html> >> Surfbirds <http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds> >> BirdingOnThe.Net <http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html> >> *Please submit your observations to eBird >> <http://ebird.org/content/ebird/>!* >> -- >> > -- 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/ --