- At Mike Feighner's suggestion, I've posted a picture I took of the
Nutting's Flycatcher at Santa Cruz yesterday to this group's photo file,
folder Flycatchers. The picture gives a pretty good view of the undertail
in direct sun. Brown outer rectrices, extending all the way to the tip --
rufous inner web, also all the way to the tip, rather than the brown
curling around the whole tip as in Ash-throated. (I'm following the
discussion in Don Roberson's posted note at
Howell & Webb say that the Nutting's is hard to distinguish visually from
Ash-throated in the field; I wonder, is the distinction noted above
For my picture, see
- To follow on Jim Holmes posting of today....the Nutting's was not
present again (after 7:45 am) all day until 4:20 in the afternoon when
it came in to the back of the olive trees at 1425 Laurel where it ate an
olive (or tried to - it banged it on the tree branch for a while). Then
it flew to the back of the yard into a leafless tree where it sat and
preened - the setting sun shining nicely through its spread tail
feathers. Then it flew to the front of 1411 Laurel and sat in the small
leafless tree in the yard where we all got great views; it ate a rosehip
while in the yard. After about 5 minutes it flew to the backyard again.
It was there for at least 30 minutes in total. Many birders who came
walked around the blocks on both sides of the street and didn't see the
bird in any of the previous places (other olive trees, persimmon tree
etc.) so I was elated it came back to yard where it was originally found.
- The Nutting's Flycatcher was still at 1425 Laurel St in Santa Cruz today,
Jan 17. Susanne Methvin and I first saw it about 7:59am and it fed for
about 10 minutes in the Olive trees in the front yard and by the driveway.
It almost met its demise by the claws and jaws of a cat. The bird seems to
have a habit of going to the ground to feed and the cat just missed the bird
as it jumped onto a chair.
- The NUTTING'S FLYCATCHER was still present today (2/3) at Santa Cruz around
12 noon, although I found it in a new spot. It was at 217 Sherman St., which
is the next street over to the east from its usual Laurel St. haunts. It was
foraging in a large cottoneaster (eating the berries) and flycatching from
adjacent trees. I heard several calls that were louder and sharper than what
I've mostly been hearing from it (which were "weep" or "pweep" type calls).
The louder calls could be characterized as a variation of the calls I'd heard
before. I noted them as "pweeet!" or "pweeek!" This call was more drawn out
than the other call and a bit upslurred.
David L. Suddjian
Santa Cruz Bird Club
Bird Records Keeper
Santa Cruz Bird Club website: http://santacruzbirdclub.org/
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