Flycatchers are one of the first to begin the southerly journey each fall. Here are a couple species to compare bill size and color. Notice the dark bill on the Eastern Phoebe (EAPH). However, you can still see the remains of its fleshy gape in the corners of its bill and the inside of its mouth is orange instead of the black as in an adult matching the bill color.
|Traill's Flycatcher (TRFL) left and Eastern Phoebe (EAPH) right|
|TRFL arrows point to rictal bristles which aid in fly catching and buffy wing bars which signify a hatching year flycatcher.|
|Blue Grosbeak (BLGR) female-note bi-colored bill|
|Male Eastern Bluebird (EABL)|
|Lark Sparrow (LASP)-note beak, it has been eating berries|
|LASP-had a brood patch-both sexes appear similar||(Note tail markings)|
|Tufted Titmouse (TUTI)- Hatching Year bird with its yellow gape at base of bill|
|TUTI with tuft|
To gear up for the fall let's add a Quiz Bird! Here is one for you:
Quiz answer below.
Quiz Answer: Yellow Warbler with its yellow tail spots and all yellow plumage.