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From the James Kipp Rec Area in central MT today, I could hear Western Wood-pewee and Least, but this one was doing a "WIT" call and hearing all three calls and seeing what looks like 3-4 species really made me doubt even worse than usual my flycatcher ID skills. Help is appreciated.

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4. This one I think was the Western Wood-Pewee, which I'm usually very clear on

 

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This one is a grassland bird from south of Malta MT. At a glance I thought it was a Vesper Sparrow. From the side it looks like it has the light russet on the shoulders, but the super dark bill is throwing me off.

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2 hours ago, Tony Leukering said:

That doesn't help in distinguishing between Willow and Least, although, with practice, the two 'wit' calls are fairly readily identified.

For me, at this point, all it does it help rule out a couple of others. 🙂 

2 hours ago, Tony Leukering said:

 

 

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