Re: [CALBIRDS] Unidentified Bird
- That sounds a bit like a Pacific Slope Flycatcher to me. We have had them
nest under eaves of our building at Mills before, and also on top of
emergency light boxes (as have juncos sometimes).
John H. Harris
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613
fax (510) 430-3304
On Wed, 7 Aug 2002, Dick Blaine wrote:
> I live in Cupertino, CA near Stevens Creek County Park in a residential
> There is a nest in the eves of my house made out of rough twigs (have
> not seen lining of nest).
> There are three babies that appear to be gray or light brown (it is dark
> in there) but have a very distinctive full circle around the eyes.
> The parent flashes into the nest to feed them and back out in seconds
> and appears to be light green or gray on the top and to have some yellow
> coloring below; the circles around the eyes are not complete.
> The babies are about the same size as the parent - around 5 inches.
> The only birds in this area that I can come up with that seem to fit
> these partial descriptions are the Nashville and MacGillivary's
> Warblers. One more clue - the parent flicks it's tail almost
> continuously but is definitely not a wren.
> Is it possible that one of these Warblers would nest in a residential
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Sounds like your birds may be Pacific-slope Flycatchers, perhaps
having built their nest on top of a nest of another species (which
they are known to do...)
- Thanks very much John.
Now that I have seen the picture in Sibley, there is no doubt in my
mind. Both my wife and I agree that the bird is a Pacific Slope
Flycatcher. We also noticed the slope and little tuft on the head.
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----- Original Message -----
From: "John Harris" <johnh@...>
To: "Dick Blaine" <dick@...>
Cc: "CalBirds" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>; "Jennifer Peritz"
Sent: Wednesday, August 07, 2002 12:02 PM
Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] Unidentified Bird
> That sounds a bit like a Pacific Slope Flycatcher to me. We have had
> nest under eaves of our building at Mills before, and also on top of
> emergency light boxes (as have juncos sometimes).
> John H. Harris
> Biology Department
> Mills College
> 5000 MacArthur Blvd.
> Oakland, CA 94613
> (510) 430-2027
> fax (510) 430-3304
> e-mail: johnh@...