help with Empid ID Rios Trailhead at San Elijo Lagoon, 4/14/2020 8am
Please see my ebird report for description and photos.
Small empid mostly gray, with strong wingbars on black wings. White edges to secondaries. Notched tail with white outer edges, I did not note tail pumping. Back appears to have some hint of green, but may also be due to reflection from vegetation. Large head, weak complete eyering. A little pale area on face between eye and bill. Could not discern whether bill was bicolored or just black. Photos appear to show all black. Did not call.
I saw 3 pacific slope flycatchers and a probable willow flycatcher in the same area (poor views of a brown Empid with brownish wing bars). This guy was noticeably grayer than the Ps-fly's.
Any IDs and pointers for what to look for in future are much appreciated.
Solana Beach, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports