Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 2004-14
Great Crested Flycatcher
|Scientific name:||Myiarchus crinitus|
|Length of time observed:||Only 2-3 minutes|
|Age:||1 adult, 1 poss. Juv.|
|Location:||Negro Bill Canyon, about 3/4 mile in. Seen by creek in dense trees/willows/brush|
|Distance to bird:||30 feet|
|Optical equipment:||Bausch & Lomb Discoverer Binocs, 8X42|
|Weather:||Light clouds, wind|
|Detailed description of bird:||
Bird A appeared to be an adult, largish flycatcher with large bill. Tail
obviously quite reddish/orange. Appeared colorful, when in flight. Very gray on
head and face. Noticeable white edging on tertials.
Bird B in close proximity, same as above but seemed to have duller, muted colors. Bird B was the one making the WheeUP calls.
|Song or call & method of delivery:||
A repeated WheeUP, WheeUP. Very distinctive.
Swooping up to catch bugs, dashing back into the brush.
|Habitat:||Dense ripairian habitat, willows, few R. Olives, Sumac, Mountain Mohagany. Other various shrubs and trees.|
were they eliminated:
|I first though of Ash throated flycatcher, but the wheeUP calls did not fit, nor the brighter colors. Also, the dusky-capped and Brown -Crested, neither seemed likely, again, given the distinctive call notes.|
this & similar species:
|I have been birding for over 25 years and am fairly familiar with these big flycatchers|
|References consulted:||Sibley's Guide to Birds, National Geographic Field Guide to the Brids of NA, Bird Songs of the Rocky Mountain States and Provinces, and Patuxent Bird Identification InfoCenter|
|Description from:||From memo|
|Observer's address:||65369 Solar Rd|
|Observer's e-mail address:||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Other observers who independently identified this bird:|
6/21/04 (General Public)