Lower dam 8:am 6 sanderling on steps Helen’s pond 2 juv.night crown
Trained binoculars on a group of half dozen birds flitting through backyard cottonwoods. Turned out to be Ruby-crowned Kinglets. Then, off to the side, another bird caught my attention: a Cassin’s Vireo. A few Red-breasted Nuthatches are busy gathering sunflower seeds from the feeder. As well, two 1st-yr White-crowned Sparrows came in. Lastly, an adult Bald Eagle did a fly-over, the yard, at treetop level.
I have seen a similar down up tail wag, although erratic and unreliable, with willow flycatchers here in Gem County and Valley County. I had to study my photos at home and get a good look at the color to make the distinction as they were not vocalizing. Great topic.
Hi birders all,
I just wanted to make an observation following the sightings of a Gray Flycatcher at Blacks Creek Reservoir by several birders recently.
I have seen at least Willow Flycatchers exhibiting rather similar tail movements that characterize Gray.
I just wonder if this can be fully relied upon to id the latter.