The empids have returned to the mountain streams

Observers: Donna & Bob Willey
Verification: MONO
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Date: 06/06/2007
Time: 10:06 AM -0400


The empids (flycatchers) have returned to Mammoth Creek. I believe I have spotted a Hammond's but for sure I have been watching a Western wood peewee. I wasn't sure what it was and still not 100% only 98% certain, Oh well... The reason I decided on the western wood peewee is there is no tail flicking as he/she waits to catch insects and this bird likes to sit midway in Jeffrey pines. As I write this I am looking out my window at a the male white-headed woodpecker looking for some suet bars. Last night it snowed here and only 28F this a.m. Do the birds feel this dip in temp??? You bet they do, even their behavior is different when weather comes to the mountains. Will look for the WWpeewee this a.m. WWpeewee looks alot like the Willow flycatcher but the behavior is different; the call is a rather burry and repeated errrrrrip, this call is repeated every few minutes.