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  • Jerry White
    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 ... From: Koonce, Sandy
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 3, 2005
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      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
      trip
      > 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
      look
      > 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
      boldly
      > patterned for a Hammond's. I must add that these observations were all
      made
      > 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
      >
      > Sandy Koonce
      > Department of Mathematics
      > University of Redlands, Redlands, CA 92373
      > sandy_koonce@...
      >
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