Great images. We only see the horned lark in the winter. Re the flycatcher, it's a tough one. Gray Flycatcher?
@Kerri @Interesting Foto - Thanks!@Hilke - I'm thinking Gray Flycatcher too. Hard to tell the difference between Dusky, Hammonds, and Gray. The darker lower mandible points toward Hammond's, but the short wingtips point to Gray or Dusky. Toughy!
Superb photos as always!
Great photos of an interesting collection of birds.
Great shots Robert! Then Horned Lark is very handsome and that Great Horned Owl looks like a juvie. This years crop?As far as the Empid goes, my guess is a Hammond's just because it looks like a shorter bill to me. Plus, I thought I heard it call ;-)
@YsMum @Mick Thanks!@Larry - that bill does appear shorter and almost all dark, which is indicative of a Hammond's. I keep flip-flopping like a politician on this i.d..
Lovely photos! I also vote for Hammond's on your empid.
Just another vote on the flycatcher - I think Dusky. The bill looks too small and dark for Gray. (Behavior would be helpful here - did it dip its tail down, or flick it up?) I think Hammond's can be eliminated by the short primary projection on this bird. The color seems about right for Dusky this time of year (this bird seems a bit too olive above and yellow below for what I'd expect from Gray, but Hammond's are about the same color as Dusky). So, based on bill size, bill color, primary projection, and a bit on color, I think Dusky.
@Bob @Ryan - Dang empids! Dusky? Hammonds? Who knows!