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

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

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.

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

Parc écologique de la rivière Godefroy, Bécancour, Québec, Canada.

Who knows? Might work for Macro Monday?

 

Empidonax minimus

Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve

Huron, Ohio

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.

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

 

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

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.)

  

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

Empidonax minimus

19 Mar 2017

CA, LA Co., Whittier Narrows Dam

Empidonax minimus

19 Mar 2017

CA, LA Co., Whittier Narrows Dam

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

Montrose, Chicago Illinois 05/08/15

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

Strathcona County, AB, Canada

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

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

 

cliquez sur l'image pour l'agrandir / click on the image to enlarge it.

 

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

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.

See: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Wood_Pewee

 

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.

  

Least Flycatcher (LEFL) -- Empidonax minimus perched in Ponderosa, found earlier in afternoon by Jeff Kozma. His checklist is at:

ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37098828

He uploaded my recording to eBird. eBird converted it, automagically, to a sonogram with frequency scale & timeline that plays. (They adjusted the volume as I should have before I sent it to Jeff.) It's pretty amazing. Check it out.

 

These still photos, the movie, and audio recordings help document Jeff's find. Neither he nor I used playback. As I approached the area I could hear it singing at .17 miles distance. I was uphill and downwind. Even in the wind it's voice carries quite well in the Ponderosa woodland. It foraged and sang the whole time I was there. Almost every time just after it landed it called its trill. As I left it was still singing and foraging and calling. Both male and female Least Flycatchers sing.

 

I didn't hear another LEFL there today. I heard a single one at another location about a week ago. [It's back in on private property. The landowners there have been harassed about how they manage their land by a local agribusiness owner (read: destroy shrub steppe, apply biocides, irrigate desert), bird book author, and long-time Yakima Valley Audubon Society official, so they're not keen on Yakima Audubon Society members. That's a massive understatement. They've kindly allowed me to bird watch on their property.]

 

Please always consider the sensitivity of birds, nearby humans, and the environment.

 

Don't lie & Den'y to try to cover up your bird listing misdeeds & mistakes. Locals who do are a continuing disgrace -- like the occupiers of Malheur and the White House. Don't trespass on Yakama land while chasing owls around in a field; don't trespass on Yakama Nation closed lands; don't take credit for others' finds; don't trespass on Priest Rapids Dam or on Simon Martinez private property or closed areas in the Yakima Training Center military area; don't claim a Red-necked Phalarope is a Red Phalarope; don't illegally harass Spotted Owls or quiz bird watchers about a rare bird sighting on your (invalid) Big Day; don't change your eBird locations to try to cover up your trespassing; don't try to get others to adopt or to excuse your illegal and unethical bird listing practices, or to believe your lies.

 

Please read, PRACTICE, and promote the ABA Code of Birding Ethics.

Whistle blower

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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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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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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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...

Abilene, Taylor County, TX

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

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