I.D. by retrix pattern, "default" Winter Myiarchus away from Lower Mississippi Delta
Imperial County, California, US
Laurie Foss, Carroll Price and I were surveying our area for the Palmetto Christmas Bird Count. We stopped at a wooded area near a small pond and played an Eastern Screech Owl vocalization.
Carroll spotted the Ash-throated Flycatcher. It was perched on a small tree about 30' from the road. It stayed in the first tree for a couple of minutes and then flew a short distance to another small tree. After a few more minutes, it flew further into the wooded area, out of sight.
All three of us got excellent looks at the bird and I was able to take numerous photos of it before it flew away.
The Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) is a passerine bird in the tyrant flycatcher family. It breeds in desert scrub, riparian forest, brushy pastures and open woodland from the western United States to central Mexico. It is a short-distance migrant, retreating from most of the U.S. and northern and central Mexico, spending the winter from southern Mexico to Honduras. This bird is also prone to wander, with single birds often seen outside its normal breeding range as...