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


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

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.

Abilene, Taylor County, TX

Empidonax minimus

19 Mar 2017

CA, LA Co., Whittier Narrows Dam

Empidonax minimus

19 Mar 2017

CA, LA Co., Whittier Narrows Dam

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

Montrose, Chicago Illinois 05/08/15

Strathcona County, AB, Canada

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

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

On one of my birding trips this month I saw this cute little pewee at the

Sabine Pass Woods... he was my willing photo subject... he kept flying

off then returning to watch me landing at the same place on the picnic

table each time where I was seated at the opposite end. He would land

only about 5 feet from me and then fly away and come right back..letting

me use him as my bird model for at least an hour before I moved on...

He was just so little and so sweet and would luv to claim him as one of

my 100 Strangers but since he could not tell me his name or something

about his bird life... ha ha... thus I could not add him but we definitely

made friends... what a fun experience and a wonderful day of birding!!!


The Eastern Wood Pewee (Contopus virens) is a small tyrant flycatcher from North America. This bird and the Western Wood Pewee (C. sordidulus) were formerly considered to be a single species. The two species are virtually identical in appearance, and can be distinguished most easily by their calls.



Similar species: The Western Wood Pewee (C. sordidulus) is essentially indistinguishable visually. But its range is parapatric to the west of C. virens, and its song—a descending "tsee-tsee-tsee-peeer"—is entirely different.


The Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) is similar, particularly in the worn plumage after breeding. It always lacks clearly defined wingbars, however, and bobs its tail frequently. It has a shorter primary projection. The Eastern Phoebe is also present on the breeding grounds by March, while Eastern Wood Pewees don't arrive until very late April and early May. The songs ("fee-bee, fee-bee") and calls ("chip") are quite different.


The Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus) is quite similar to the Eastern Wood Pewee in plumage, but has a bold eye ring and much shorter primary projection, appearing rather blunt-winged. It also has a shorter bill and is smaller overall. The songs ("che-bec, che-bec") and calls (a sharp "whit") are very different.


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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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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Least Flycatcher

Mosquero Minimo

North Central Park

Laredo Tx

My friends Bob and Pam are in Newfoundland for a couple of weeks, and in their absence I am watering their garden. The birding is good in that part of town, so naturally I bring my camera along. This friendly Least Flycatcher allowed me to work at close range for more than an hour as it perched on various branches, surveying the nearby ground for insect prey and from time to time swooping down to snatch something. Val Marie, Saskatchewan.


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Caught this little Flycatcher in the same area as the Great Horned Owls recently, at Burnsmead, Fish Creek Park. I think it's a Least Flycatcher - perhaps someone could put me right if I'm wrong - thanks. Birder friend, Tony, confirmed this ID for me - thanks, Tony!

Have seen no less than three different Flycatchers at Montrose this week. Still trying to ID two of them. The bold eye ring is a good clue as to this ones identity. An inventive little bird. Least nests have been found with Dragonfly wings as linings. Montrose - 08/27/13

A couple days ago I came upon a Least Flycatcher's nest. I spotted one of the adults with a bright orange butterfly in her beak and tracked her returning to the nest with my binoculars. The lighting conditions at the time were not ideal - midday with nearly overcast skys, so I resolved to come back. The nest is about 12 feet up, 20 feet from the edge of a logging road (about 15 miles from the nearest paved road) and faces east. I speculated that I would have to get up really early for optimal light - when the sun was low in the sky the light would come through the tree cover from the road, but once the sun started to climb, the nest would be in the shade of the forest canopy.


The forecast for today was cloudy with chances of rain (it's raining pretty hard right now), but when I got up at 5:30am (which may seem early to some, but I get up at that time everyday for work, so it was just business as usual) the eastern sky was still completely clear. As my dad says - you have to "make hay when the sun shines" so I quickly dressed, strapped a 16ft extension ladder to the roof of my vehicle and loaded up my gear. I was at the location by about 6:30am to find perfect lighting. I quickly set up the ladder against an adjacent tree ~15 feet away and secured it solidly with a ratchet strap for safety. I bungee-corded a 4 foot dowel horizontally to an overhead branch above the top of the ladder and draped a couple large (~6ft x 16ft) sections of camoflage netting down to hide the ladder (and me). I then climbed up to near the top of the ladder (I stayed down a few rungs so I could lean forward against the tree comfortably) between the layers of netting and poked my lens through a hole I cut and started shooting...


I was initially a bit concerned that the birds might notice and be stressed by my presence, but they just carried on as if I wasn't even there. At one point, neither of the adults returned to the nest for ~10 minutes and I started to contemplate taking things down, but soon thereafter a ruckus started in the trees about 30 feet away and I poked my head out of the blind to see a pair of big adult american robins dive bombing a small sharp-shinned hawk perched there. Once the sharpie flew off the little flycatchers resumed thier regular rotation at the nest.


I got about an hour of shooting in excellent light before the sun got high enough that the nest went into the shade of the canopy (~8am). In that hour, I was eaten alive by blackflies, sweated off about 10 pounds in the dark coloured blind in the direct sunlight and managed to get pine-tar all over the hair of my left arm and my T-shirt, but I in the end I was pretty happy with the results!


In future I am going to have to look at rigging up some type of tripod head support that can be solidly strapped to a tree in a non-destructive manner - I think it would have been a lot easier to set-up and prefocus the camera on the support 15 feet up, camoflaged the camera then comfortably sat back at a distance with my binoculars and fired the shutter with a remote trigger switch. Next time...

Since most varieties of flycatchers look alike, knowing their songs and calls is very helpful to identifying them.

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

Least Flycatcher

North Central Park

Laredo Tx

Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus) - Dartmouth, Nova Scotia


This cooperative little flycatcher was my first of the year. He was kind enough to land and pose quite close to me. Maybe it was the swarm of 100 insects around my head. As we welcome back the birds, so must we do with the mosquitoes.


Thanks for visiting!

Alert and ready, this Least Flycatcher, (Empidonax minimus) strains for a better view of a potential meal on the fly, as well as the activity of other flycatchers nearby. I loved the soft hues of the emerging spring greens as a setting for this unassuming little songbird. Taken along the Ice Age Trail in near Irma, Wisconsin. (Best viewed large.)

Flycatcher, fun shoot today.


I always have a good day when shooting with Andrew !!

These Flycatchers are killing me. I've been going through my archives and pulling out photos for id. The flycatcher photos usually lead to long discussions on species. A very good example of why one needs to id these guys in the field, where you can hear the song.


Anyways, I have no idea what species this is. Any help on the id is appreciated.


Update: Thanks Palmchat and warrech for the ID. These guys are pretty rare up here in Vancouver's Lowermainland.

Emily Murphy Park Edmonton. June 01, 2014.


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Empidonax minimus


Melrose Woods, NM

'Empidonax minimus' Port Clinton, Ohio, USA


This guy woke us up one morning, so I went out on the deck to get some shots. My Empid ID skills are very limited, so it was nice to have the song to be sure it was the Least.


Thanks to Barb and Allen for the great food and hospitality. We highly recommend this place while visiting Magee Marsh and surrounding area during migration:

This one responded to the call, Least Flycatcher, AD Barnes

don't we all know someone like that?


a pair of Least Flycatchers



There were so many flycatchers at the Conservancy it was hard to keep track of which ones I photographed. Many of the pictures were awful. A few keepers but the challenge is which species is which :)

Moucherolle Tchébec - Least Flycatcher


À moins d'avis contraire pour l'identification...

[T]he Least Flycatcher is one of the smallest and most common flycatchers in North America:


I've spent three days trying to photograph this flycatcher, in a flock of goldfinches along a section of the Brandywine because, when I first saw it I immediately thought it was different than the Willows I've been photographing all season. It was very small and the undersides very white and the wingbars well defined and something about it...was different. In the photo however, its distinctive elements are not so apparent . Still, I'm going to stick my neck out and say Least Flycatcher. According to Cornell, the Leasts are very common and "common" is a descriptor of many of my "firsts," another reason to suspect it's a Least.

However, if any of you wonderful people can positively id it as a Willow, please feel free to do so. (And watch your back from now on :-)


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Empidonax minimus

19 Mar 2017

CA, LA Co., Whittier Narrows Dam

At least it may be a Least, or most likely.


New Jersey 2012


Canon 50d; 400mm f5.6

The birds of America :.

New York :J.B. Chevalier,1840-1844..

Identifying this tiny Flycatcher has got to be the least of anyone's problems identifying the rest of their Empidonax family.

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