Sunday, June 10, 2012
The truth of the matter is, if the Alder, Least and Willow were all sitting on a branch side-by-side singing their hearts out, I probably still wouldn't be sure which was which.
Habitat is also important when identifying flycatchers. This bird was found in a field adjacent to a running brook. Among the habitats listed, the Least Flycatcher is the least likely as it prefers open woods with no mention of water. The Willow prefers drier locales while the Alder prefers more moist areas. Even though, the field where it was located is within 75 feet of running water.
Ooo-eee, this is challenging!