Re: Townsend's Warblers and others at Mammoth creek

Observers: Deb Parker
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Date: 10/13/2007
Time: 03:52 PM -0400


Donna's photos are wonderful and I especially like her Empidonax Flycatcher portraits as they are perfect for study, which I know that I need for this group. I hope Jon Dunn and others will take a look at these and give us their opinion. Donna took these photos a week ago or so and since Hammond's are later than Western, the date favors Hammond's but doesn't necessarily preclude Western. What I note in the photos is a longish primary extension (difference between end of secondaries and end of primaries in the wing) which is good for Hammond's and a light chin (not yellow as in Western) and the lower mandible is dark on the underside, not all pale as in Western. In general the bird looks in fresh molt which would be right for Hammond's also. To me the head looks large. Hope others will get brave and submit their opinions, as maybe we can all learn from this. Hammond's?