Date: Mon Nov 3 2014 11:04 am
From: sean AT seansime.com
I relocated the Prospect Park empid this morning in the same location it was seen yesterday above Lamppost 249 at the SW corner of Lookout Hill. The bird was actively feeding and I was able to get photos that should rule out Hammond's Flycatcher. I have added them to the gallery with yesterday's photos here:
In good light, the spacing of the primaries was very even and the primary projection seemed shorted than one would expect for Hammond's. Closer looks at the bill also show it broader based will ample light coloration. I will admit there was more than one instance this morning where I was wondering if yesterday's was a different bird.
At one point the bird began to give a series of "whit" calls that in my opinion were right in line with Least Flycatcher. The possibility of Dusky Flycatcher has been raised and Dusky does have a "whit" call as well, but this individual does not seem particularly long tailed in the field. I welcome comments from anyone with Western empid experience. Cheers, Sean Sime Brooklyn, NY- See more at: http://birding.aba.org/mobiledigest/NY01#801652