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Rio Grande Valley, Texas Nov 2007 - with some ID queries

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Old Tuesday 27th November 2007, 18:43   #1
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Rio Grande Valley, Texas Nov 2007 - with some ID queries

I have recently returned from a very good 5 day birding extension to a business trip to Texas, concentrating on the Rio Grande Valley region.

A full trip report is now available on my website at http://www.stephenburch.com/trips/texas/texas.htm

This is illustrated with a selection of the 1700 or so DSLR pics I took. Highlights included 3 Oriole species and many other Rio Grande Valley specialities.

I have a couple of doubts about identification, which I am wondering if any experts on US birds can help me with. There are two pics on my website, where I am asking for a second opinion. I have attempted to include these with this message as well.

One was a rail species seen (and photographed) more or less in the dark. The Americans I was with said this was a Clapper Rail, but the pic to me looks more like Virginia!

The other was an Empidomax Flycatcher species, but the question is which one? From the somewhat distant photo, I think it might have been Least Flycatcher, but would certainly welcome other views or confirmation.

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There's a big size difference between the rails which one can't discern in your photo, but the coloration of the rail is Virginia, so I agree with your identification. I'm not brave enough to ID your flycatcher, though.
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Old Tuesday 27th November 2007, 23:26   #3
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I concur with your IDs. Read your trip report, glad you had a good one.

Please come back and see us in Texas!

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Many thanks to those above for their views on IDs. At the time it was difficult to be sure of the Rail's size, but it did seem pretty small to me, which fits better with Virginia.

Hence it does seem very likely that my initial guesses were right!
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