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Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 7, 2014
12:13 PM

Post #9807057

I shot these three birds on the coast at Galveston yesterday...

1. Rusty or Brewer's ??
2. ?
3. ?

Help is much appreciated.


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Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 8, 2014
9:08 AM

Post #9807720

To me the first picture looks like a Common Grackle with the tail shape and bill length. I can rule out Rusty having seen these several times.

Flycatcher. Pretty sure it is not a Least, but I do not want to guess beyond that.

I hope another comes to give you definite answers. :)


Pueblo, CO
(Zone 5b)

April 8, 2014
9:20 AM

Post #9807731

Well, I can see why you are posting . By any chance did your Brusty Rewer's blackbird have a female near by? If a Grackle, was it fanning its tail - Grackles always seem to have to show off their tails.
If I were to take a wild guess on #2, I'd say Willow Flycatcher
I better get my guess in before Resin sets us straight - #3 Gray Flycatcher?


United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

April 8, 2014
1:08 PM

Post #9807861

Ditto to Chillybean on Common Grackle.

Pass on the two Empidonax flycatchers, those are really, really tricky without songs ;-)



Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 9, 2014
2:10 PM

Post #9808651

Oh, gosh. I should have known the common grackle. And, I suspected the flycatchers were impossible without the sound since I've tried to ID flycatchers before. I was ready with my recorder in hopes they would belt out a note or two, but the were being very close-beaked. ^_^

Thanks much Chillybean, pollengarden and Resin. I appreciate the help.

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