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Re: [nflbirds] From Gail Menk: Ash-throated Flycatcher

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  • eliza hawkins
    Here is the picture of the January 1, 2003 Leon CBC Ash Throated mentioned by Gail Menk - (if I remember correctly the dark color under the end of the
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      Here is the picture of the January 1, 2003 Leon CBC Ash Throated mentioned by Gail Menk - (if I remember correctly the dark color under the end of the un-knotched tail, clearly seen in this picture, helped ID this bird.) :

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/9467770@N06/933573966/in/set-72157601065520077/


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      From: Harry Hooper <sn_egret@...>
      To: nflbirds <nflbirds@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Sunday, December 16, 2007 7:13:03 PM
      Subject: [nflbirds] From Gail Menk: Ash-throated Flycatcher

      Evening nflbirders,

      Some notes from Gail Menk:

      RE: An Ash-throated Flycatcher in Tallahassee

      On 5 December, between 0800 and 0820 hours, I saw what I eventually determined to be an Ash-throated Flycatcher foraging approximately 10 to 12 feet up within the lower branches of a Black Cherry Tree (Prunus serotina) near a drainage ditch bordering Peach Tree Drive in West Tallahassee.

      After I approached within 20 feet, a frontal view revealed that the bird had a whitish throat that gave way to a rather pale yellowish tinge on the breast and belly, similar to that of a wintering Eastern Phoebe. It never waged its tail, however which "flopped" as the bird maneuvered deliberately among the thick growth of small branches.

      When it posed upright facing me, I noted that the end of the unnotched undertail appeared dark and colorless in the limited early morning light. When it moved to a side view, I saw that it had a gray head with slight bushy "pate", no prominent eye ring or bill, and a conspicuous upper wingbar. The rest of the upper middle body appeared to be blocked out by intervening twigs or branches. I also saw during that pose a mostly rectangular splash of rufous on the primaries which is typical of the Myiarchus species. I once heard a "prrt" note come from the direction of the bird, a sound I also associate with that of a Western Kingbird.

      Length and bulk of the bird was about that of a female Northern Cardinal foraging nearby. The bird suddenly disappeared, never to be seen again despite my repeated trips to the general area during the next 4 days.

      In the 4th edition of the RT Peterson's "A Field Guide to the Birds East of the Rockies", there is a shoulder's-up depiction of "Myiarchus cinerascens" which is markedly in line with my notes taken in the field, that illustration and the rufous primaries as mentioned above, along with foraging habitat and behavior of my bird, I submit, are determining factors in my identification.

      The above account would be a 5th known record of the species in Leon County. On 10 November, 1999, Jim Cavanogh found an individual at Black Swamp Nature Preserve, Jack Dozier another at Lake Jackson's Faulk Drive landing on 25 November 2000. An individual was listed on the Tallahassee Christmas count of 1 January 2003, and I found one at Robert White Williams Birding Trail on 3 May 2004. I have been fortunate to see 4 of the above cited flycatchers.

      (Mr.) Gail E. Menk

      Harry Hooper
      Tallahassee, Florida

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