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Family: Tyrannidae.

 

Flycatchers got their name from their habit of catching flying insects in midair. Nearly all species feed this way; some also eat berries. Most Flycatchers are drab and have short, broad, flattened bills. Plumage and structure can be so similar among species within the various genera that voice is the primary field mark.

 

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America

Moucherolle tchébec (Empidonax minimus). Forêt Montmorency

Mosquero Minimo - Moucherolle tchebec

 

Rondeau, Ontario

A new arrival in the Sedgewick Forest woodlot this past week.

The least flycatcher is between 5 and 5 3⁄4 inches (13 and 15 cm) long, with a 7 1⁄2 to 8 1⁄2 in (19 to 22 cm) spread.[2] It typically weighs around 11 grams (0.39 oz).[3] Adults have greyish-olive upperparts, darker on the wings and tail, with whitish underparts; they have a conspicuous white eye ring, white wing bars, a small, short bill and a short tail. The breast is washed with grey and the sides of the belly with yellow.

Source: Wikipedia.org

Moucherolle tchébec (Empidonax minimus). Giant Mountain, Adirondacks, NY.

Long-staying vagrant at Whittier Narrows Dam in Los Angeles County, CA. We got out of the car, and could hear his che-bek call almost immediately.

Base de plein aire de Sainte-foy. Enfin ma première photo de moucherolle!

Réalisé le 10 mai 2017 au parc national de Pointe Pelée, Ontario.

 

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Made on May, 10th / 2017 at the Pointe Pelee NP, Ontario.

Least Flycatchers migrate from Mexico every spring, as far north as Yukon. This bird was already banded when it was caught - usually it was banded at the same site but birds banded as far away as Veracruz, Mexico have been identified here.

Réalisée le 06 juillet 2011 au nord du Réservoir Gouin, Québec.

 

Made on July, 6th / 2011 at the north of Reservoir Gouin, Quebec.

Very common here, but hard to catch in an open perch.

From Peterson's: Habitat- Deciduous and mixed woodland, poplars, aspens.

Taken in Haynes Point Provincial Park, Osoyoos British Columbia, Canada.

 

Summer started out dull and rainy (the wettest June on record I believe). So catching catchers out of the canopy and in the sunlight that had managed to peek through was spotty at best. Dave and I had to go far afield to the Okanagan Valley to catch the least of all flycatchers - a *Lifer* for the both of us. I've picked this shot of the Least Flycatcher to head up the set that follows in the comment box.

 

I found this bird by song alone...those phone apps are a great learning tool...sort of like a crutch. (After raising seven kids, I'm pretty well deaf to any chirping...unless of course, it's significant.)

  

Empidonax minimus

19 Mar 2017

CA, LA Co., Whittier Narrows Dam

A more abstract shot of a Least Flycatcher taken in Fort St. John, BC, on July 1st 2015.

Moucherolle tchébec (Empidonax minimus). Giant Mountain, Adirondacks, NY.

Montrose, Chicago Illinois 05/08/15

The least flycatcher is between 5 and 5 3⁄4 inches (13 and 15 cm) long, with a 7 1⁄2 to 8 1⁄2 in (19 to 22 cm) spread.[2] It typically weighs around 11 grams (0.39 oz).[3] Adults have greyish-olive upperparts, darker on the wings and tail, with whitish underparts; they have a conspicuous white eye ring, white wing bars, a small, short bill and a short tail. The breast is washed with grey and the sides of the belly with yellow.

Source: Wikipedia.org

Flycatchers are notoriously hard to distinguish but the complete, bold eye-ring helps to identify this guy.

Emily Murphy Park Edmonton. June 01, 2014.

 

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There is only one little bird in this set. This tiny Least Flycatcher flew very close to me and stayed for several poses. I really miss my Canon 7D which is out for repair, but very appreciative of good friend Glenn Parker for his loan of his "old" 50 D. The 7D is a superior camera, but nothing beats close.

 

Strathcona Riverside Trail. June 12, 2012.

 

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Empidonax minimus

19 Mar 2017

CA, LA Co., Whittier Narrows Dam

Strathcona County, AB, Canada

7D | 300/2.8L + 2x | 1/1600 sec., f/7.1, ISO 640

Who knows? Might work for Macro Monday?

 

Empidonax minimus

Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve

Huron, Ohio

This is my favorite shot of the day. I did catch some Warblers, but no shots different or better than images I have already posted.

 

Emily Murphy Park, Edmonton. August 30, 2013.

 

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