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I saw these birds in a nature preserve in Essex County, NJ a few days ago. I got some great pics, but these were not so good...Is it still possible to ID these birds despite that? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

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The first is actually an Olive-sided Flycatcher, notice the thick bill and strong contrast between dark/light on the belly. The second is a female American Redstart, and the last is an empid.

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1 hour ago, Benjamin said:

The first is actually an Olive-sided Flycatcher, notice the thick bill and strong contrast between dark/light on the belly. The second is a female American Redstart, and the last is an empid.

Agree with this.

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1 hour ago, Benjamin said:

The first is actually an Olive-sided Flycatcher, notice the thick bill and strong contrast between dark/light on the belly. The second is a female American Redstart, and the last is an empid.

Agree

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I agree w/ Olive-sided Flycatcher for the first. The large bill suggests flycatcher, the tail is too short for Eastern Kingbird, the primaries long (suggesting contopus), and you can even see a bit of the white patch on the flank they sometimes show.

Any thoughts on the empid? I'm not sure. Not sure if its IDable with that photo.

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I am so impressed that you could ID the first bird, and if it really is the Olive-sided Flycatcher, then that would be a first for me! I definitely see the American Redstart now... and if the third one can't be identified... well that's what I expected.

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In the field, take note of where these flycatchers are perching, because that can usually tip you off to what species you might be looking at. Very small, flitting around in shrubs or in trees like a warbler? Probably an empid. Large, bright, long-tailed and in shrubs or trees? It's a myiarchus flycatcher. Large, grayish brown flycatcher perched very prominently on isolated snags and at the tops of dead trees? Almost certainly an Olive-sided Flycatcher.

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The First bird is definitely Olive Sided. The second bird is either Least or Yellow-bellied. I’m not sure which one, but from this angle there doesn't seem to be a lot of contrast in the throat region, which makes me lean towards Yellow-bellied.  

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5 hours ago, The Bird Nuts said:

I don't think the Empid is green enough for a Yellow-bellied.

I agree. Akandula, what makes you think traills? This looks pretty good for least imo

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57 minutes ago, Benjamin said:

Akandula, what makes you think traills? This looks pretty good for least imo

The dark photo was playing tricks on me. I can easily see Least now.

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