WILLOW OR ALDER FLYCATCHER BY LARRY DE WITT
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ABOUT THE PHOTO...
Haley Farm State Park,
Southeastern, Connecticut USA
Found more info: Up until 1975 the Willow and Alder Flycatcher was called the Trail's Flycatcher. They are all most identical but there song is different.
ABOUT THE BIRD SPECIES...
Scientists are just catching up to the Alder Flycatcher. Based largely on differences between songs, the Alder was separated out as a species from the nearly identical Willow Flycatcher in 1973.
With 63% of its breeding population in Canada's boreal region, the Alder Flycatcher's future depends on the wise management of the great northern forests and their wetlands.
With the same basic appearance as other members of its genus, the Alder Flycatcher is difficult to identify, even under good conditions. Certainty depends on plumage, habitat, and voice.
The Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) is a small insect-eating bird of the tyrant flycatcher family.
At one time, this bird and the Alder Flycatcher were considered to be a single species, Traill's Flycatcher.
This bird competes for habitat with the Alder Flycatcher where their ranges overlap. The southwestern subspecies of this bird, (E. t. extimus) is declining due to habitat loss and is considered to be endangered. The San Pedro River Preserve was purchased by the Nature Conservancy to preserve habitat for this subspecies.
» 2 Comments
at Wednesday, 18 July 2012 15:27
A super capture, Larry! Could not have been easy to spot let alone capture this little bird!
at Friday, 20 July 2012 13:32
Must be a nightmare to id it too!
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