Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Flycatchers

Hey, all the flycatchers look alike, so why bother photographing them all?  I kid!  I kid!

The most interesting of the group is the endemic Puerto Rican Flycatcher, which is the last photo of the slideshow. I saw these fairly frequently when Megan, Weston, and I visited the western shore of the island way back in 2010.  I'd love to return someday.  This year's vacation time is all planned out, but maybe next winter we can make the trip.

Back to the birds. This is a very interesting group.  The empidonax flycatchers are a bit like sedges. They superficially look the same, but there are ways to tell them apart. The flycatchers are a group I'll target more frequently come spring.  First on my list is the willow flycatcher, which is what I heard all the time when I did grassland bird surveys on eastern Ohio abandoned strip mines a few years ago.


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