Louisiana Ornithological Society’s
Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Myiarchus tuberculifer
Caddo Parish. Cross Lake near Lakewood Drive. 32.528685/93.857792.
December 1, 2012
10:00 AM CST.
Jay V. Huner
428 Hickory Hill Drive
Boyce, LA 71409
Charlie Lyon and Hubert Hervey.
Sun reasonably high with light from over shoulder.
Mine – Zeiss 10 x 40 binoculars in good condition
Distance to bird(s):
About 75 yards.
Saw bird for about two minutes. Terry Davis heard the bird at least twice during the 30 minutes we were in the area.
Hackberry and Cypress in riparian area adjacent to Cross Lake.
Bird was initially heard calling by Terry Davis. I saw it approach our position about 30-40’ above the ground in a large cypress tree. It worked itself around limbs and the main trunk of the tree. Terry was unable to visually locate the bird and I lost it after it “dropped down”.
Here is Terry Davis’ description of the encounter which appeared on LABIRD on 12/01/2012.
“The Dusky-capped gave the descending mournful “where” call twice at 10 a.m., then fell silent. I was looking in a different direction when Jay spotted the bird approaching while we were using Ash-throated playback. I was not able to get on the bird after it dropped low farther away, but Jay saw that proportions and colors were right for the Dusky-capped….As we were about to leave, I heard another distant call. We waited a few more minutes but the bird did not show so we left….”
I did not hear the bird. Terry Davis described the call as “descending, mournful “wheer call”.
Other Myiarchus spp. are very similar. Size and color of breast – yellow – were used to distinguish between other similar species.
Photos and recordings were made by C. Lyon and T. Davis when the bird was first located several days before.
I had encountered Dusky-capped Flycatcher on two previous visits to southeastern Arizona.
Used notes from Terry Davis.