Page 199 of the Peterson Field Guide to the Birds shows the five Empidonax Flycatchers.
All five have eye-rings and wing bars and can only be distinguished by habitat and voice.
The Acadian says pit – see. The Yellow-bellied says chu –wee. The Alder says fee – bee – o.
The Least says che – BEK and the Willow says fitz – bew.
At Col. Sam Smith Park today, both groups heard lots of fitz – bew.
The morning group saw a distant (and I mean distant) Whimbrel fly by.
8 am group:
11:30 am group:
Other group photos:
Birdsong and flowers;
End-of-term checklist complete –
Freedom ’till leaves fall. – J. Barbara
At 10:25 a flock of 56 whimbrels was sighted. They were pretty far away too. I was able to get some shots of them. I said 56 because that was the official count from the whimbrel watch and when counting them from my picture I was able to count the same amount.