I had a Tyrannus fly over me while I was sitting in traffic today in LA, near the San Gabriel River. I had great looks at the bird as it flew towards me, then over my car, but I only saw its size, shape, flight style, etc., but no colors i.e. plumage field marks.
Honestly? It 99% most likely was 'only' an adult male Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (and even though I have bumped into Pin-tailed Whydah along the LA River, this bird was a Tyrannus, not an exotic). Its tail length was incredible.
So, what should I look for next time, to not blow off a Fork-tailed Flycatcher?
This bird's tail was straight, and held together in one long ribbon. In various field guides, Fork-tailed appears to hold its long tail spread out in flight in a heart-shaped arc, somewhat like a Lyrebird.
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