- After much more research and discussion, I recall that ID as Cordilleran and resubmit as a Hammond s Flycatcher. :) thanks to all who challenged the ID! ThisMessage 1 of 3 , May 1, 2012View SourceAfter much more research and discussion, I recall that ID as Cordilleran and resubmit as a Hammond's Flycatcher. :) thanks to all who challenged the ID!This is one of the fun parts about birds and birding. Always learning and having such great resources now with internet that makes positive identifications more accurate! I tracked the discussion of the Elaenia sp. on Facebook and it seems that Facebook played a strong role in the ID of that marvolous find!Also, later that day of the Empid, I found a leucistic Wild Turkey and heard a Ruffed Grouse drumming!Good Luck BirdingJoshOn Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 5:03 PM, Dan Casey <danielcasey55@...> wrote:
Glad to know that you checked over the flycatcher to eliminate Elaenia (given recent events in Chicago);-). But did you really eliminate the much more likely earlier Empids, Hammond's or Dusky? Cordilleran is generally a month later, the last to arrive before Willow.
I know it's flogging a dead horse, but the long-distance, late-arriving migrants are just much less flexible in their arrival times. They simply have further to travel, and need more time to fuel up for their journey. That does not mean there are not exceptional individuals, but I think we need to carefully document any reports of the latest migrants that show up a month or more early.
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--- In MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com, "covillbirder92" <covillbirder92@...> wrote:
> Highlights include:
> - Yellow-headed Blackbirds and a Pied-billed Grebe at Fairview Marsh south of Columbia Falls.
> - 2 American White Pelicans flying southerly along Riverside Rd south of Creston and a single Orange-crowned Warbler on Riverside Rd as well.
> - Cinnamon Teal on "splitpond" in the lower valley and a Vesper Sparrow on Farm Rd.
> - A Cordilleran Flycatcher (made sure it wasn't an Elaenia!) and Vaux's Swifts in the Owen Sourwine Natural Area. Just passed the kiosk at the Treasure Lane access.
> - 150 American Pipits along Tronstad rd in Kalispell
> - A Cassin's Finch and an intergrade Northern Flicker in our yard! The Cassin's Finch is an actively singing female. The flicker has a red "mustache" but has bright yellow feather shafts! Cool looking bird!
> All in all, a GREAT day birding, and 14 Year birds!
> Good Luck Birding
> Josh Covill - Columbia Falls