- The best way to differentiate the Empidonax flycatchers is by their songs and calls. This flycatcher luckily was singing alot and we heard the song of the Willow Flycatcher: it sounds like "fitz-brew".
- This flycatcher has an indistinct, almost invisible whitish eyering. This is typical of a Willow Flycatcher. The other Empidonax flycatchers, including the Alder Flycatchers, have more prominent eyerings.
- Whitish throat.
- Yellowish wash on belly.
- Broad, short bill. The lower mandible is orangish. You can just make some orange out in the third photo.
The Willow Flycatcher is a small insect-eating, neotropical migrant bird. There are four subspecies, all of which breed in North America ( three of the subspecies breed in California).
TheWillow Flycatcher is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 784.