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Willow Flycatcher

Empidonax traillii


Small flycatcher with thin eyering and short wings. Lighter from throat to tail. Olive brown above. Short bill, darker on top and some orange beneath.


Moist areas near water, reeds and willows.


This is the second Willow Flycatcher I spotted. This one at a Nectar garden trying to get a bath in the bird bath. These birds are migrants and only pass through this area. Coyote Hills is well known here to have many small species of migrants rest here and even some rare vagrant birds show up.

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Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

I will check those out.

Jellis 10 years ago

there are still so many birds I want to see, but I have been chasing Dragonflies and Damselflies lately.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

thanks for this wonderful tip!
Northern Gannets are wonderful to photograph. Wonder how it got on to Farollone islands. The blue booby looks awesome . i saw a picture of it.
I changed my venue of spotting a bit. Saw some unusual worms. there were so many birds . Quite a mix. could not catch them.

Jellis 10 years ago

But if you can ever get away go to Coyote Hills to the Nectar garden. Open Weds- Sat from 10-4. and sit across from the fountain and just watch. A friend of mine just spotted another species of Warbler today that doesn't usually go there.

Jellis 10 years ago

In Point Reyes? Wouldn't doubt that. Just like the Farallones has the Northern Gannet from the east coast. They are still unsure how it got here cause they don't fly over land.
Says are common but are migratory while Black Phoebes are residents. Says are just coming in now.
Pacific slope are usually found near water, go to
and listen. You will recognize it when you are near creeks. They have been spotted near at Briones Regional Park--Blue Oak Trail off Reliez Valley road and Mitchell Canyon.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

i have seen Says and Black Phoebe. You have some awesome ones here!
Did you read that a blue footed Booby was spotted in Northern Cal?

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Fremont, California, USA

Spotted on Sep 12, 2013
Submitted on Sep 13, 2013

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