Fw: LEFL (?) at Clear Lake SP
- I feel this is worth posting in case anyone runs across this bird. We had a
report earlier of a empidonax at the park. Jerry White
----- Original Message -----
From: Koonce, Sandy <Sandy_Koonce@...>
To: 'Matthew Mattheissen' <matthima@...>
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2005 6:23 PM
Subject: LEFL (?) at Clear Lake SP
> Hi Matthew,
> I was just up in your neck of the woods, briefly, on part of a holiday
> with my wife. We were mostly visiting her relatives (including her sister
> in Redwood Valley), but we did manage a little birding. In particular, we
> saw what I tentatively ID'd as a Least Flycatcher at Clear Lake State Park
> on Thursday morning (Dec. 30). I didn't know whom to contact, and in any
> case I didn't have access to a computer until I got back this evening. I
> figure you might know to whom this should be forwarded.
> The bird was in the visitors center parking lot, and was extremely
> uncoorperative. It didn't seem to want us to be very close to it, and it
> ranged all over the lot, finally disappearing. We didn't have very long
> views of the bird, and it might turn out to be a western (small "w")
> empidonax. I was struck by the bird's small size and small bill, the
> whitish-gray throat, the prominent eye ring that seemed slightly
> teardrop-shaped behind the eye and the sharp contrast between the tertials
> and wing bars against the surrounding dark color. I didn't get a good
> at primary projection. It might turn out to be a a Western (capital "W"),
> but the throat color and bill size didn't seem right. It seemed too
> patterned for a Hammond's. I must add that these observations were all
> on very brief views, and my impressions could be off.
> At any rate, I hope that someone else might see the bird.
> Happy New Year!
> Sandy Koonce
> Department of Mathematics
> University of Redlands, Redlands, CA 92373