Re: [cayugabirds-l] Empid ID help

2019-07-29 Thread Jody Enck
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  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  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 
>> Rules and Information 
>> Subscribe, Configuration and Leave
>> 
>> *Archives:*
>> The Mail Archive
>> 
>> Surfbirds 
>> BirdingOnThe.Net 
>> *Please submit your observations to eBird
>> !*
>> --
>>
>

--

Cayugabirds-L List Info:
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm

ARCHIVES:
1) http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu/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/

--

[cayugabirds-l] Empid ID help

2019-07-29 Thread Jody Enck
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://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu/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/

--