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Which flycatcher? Ottawa, ON (1 Viewer)

Gillian_M

Birding since 2006!
I never realized how completely dependent I am on hearing a flycatcher's voice to identify it until today! This guy was preening happily and didn't utter a single sound. My best guess is E. Wood-pewee, which, now that I think about it, I don't often get excellent looks at since it spends so much time in the forest canopy!

Any thoughts?
 

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spacepilot

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Looks like an Eastern Phoebe to me too. Eastern Phoebes dip or wag their tails almost constantly when they are perched. This is an important field mark.
 

Gillian_M

Birding since 2006!
Thanks for the responses. The head didn't look dark enough to me for a phoebe, and it wasn't flicking its tail at all (however, it was preening at the time, so it may have been distracted).

Thanks again!
 
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