[Tweeters] Empidonax species ID help

Jeff Gilligan jeffgilligan10 at gmail.com
Sat Aug 20 10:24:01 PDT 2022

The rather short bill, short tail, and neat oval eye-ring are indications that it is a Hammond’s Flycatcher.

> On Aug 20, 2022, at 9:36 AM, Lonnie Somer <mombiwheeler at gmail.com> wrote:


> Hi Tweeters,


> Yesterday my wife Wendy and I hiked to Skyscraper Mountain starting out from Sunrise in Mt. Rainier NP. I spotted an Empidonax sp. on a tall snag and was able to snap a couple of fairly poor quality photos before it flew off. It didn't vocalize. It didn't engage in 'tail-wagging'. The altitude was above 6,500 ft, the terrain was fairly open alpine meadow, although the snag was located in a small cluster of firs. Below is my ebird link. I assume that it is either a Dusky or a Hammond's Flycatcher, but am not certain which. Any thoughts would be appreciated.


> https://ebird.org/checklist/S117268516 <https://ebird.org/checklist/S117268516>


> Thanks,


> Lonnie Somer

> Seattle

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