Willow Flycatcher, Empidonax traillii
One, Breeding Male [Note: I may have heard a second bird in the vicinity.]
Bossier Parish, Riparian Area approximately 0.4 mile north of Bass Pro Shop at East Texas Street Bridge.
June 13, 2011
Approximately 7:20 AM CDST
Jay V. Huner
428 Hickory Hill Drive
Boyce, LA 71409
Clear morning light, looking west with sun to my back.
Zeiss 10 x 40 binoculars – Good Condition.
In willow about 70 feet above the ground and about 100 feet from me.
Approximately 5 minutes total including listening to singing bird and actually watching it.
Riparian habitat adjacent to well mowed field. Lower story mostly 20-30 foot tallow trees backed with 50-60 foot willows.
I had been told about the location of the bird. I had not heard/seen it when I arrived at the location. I was looking for a Cassin’s Sparrow previously present nearby and Willow Flycatchers in the willows. I heard a Willow Flycatcher calling – Fitz Bew – and then saw it one willow in a clump of several tall willow trees.
This was a 5-6 inch flycatcher perched on a branch toward the top of a willow. It was reasonably non-descript with whitish wing bars and a brownish back and light belly.
The classic call for this bird is Fitz Bew. That is what I heard before actually seeing the bird.
Alder and Acadian flycatchers would otherwise be indistinguishable from a Willow Flycatcher had the bird not been singing.
None. Not sure if any of the others visiting the area actually made any photos or recordings. Frankly, just flat forgot that the bird was a BRC bird and, once I heard and saw the bird, refocused my efforts to locate a reported Bell’s Vireo.
I have recorded Willow Flycatcher a couple of times in Louisiana and in once in North Dakota.