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I'm unsure with the empid. It is probably Yellow-bellied or Acadian with the tail, but Yellow-bellied would be pretty uncommon in the area, and besides they are usually found within woods rather than at edges. Could be Acadian, but it's not really giving me that feeling. Definitely Blue-gray Gnatcatcher with the white-sided tail.

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10 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

Yellow-bellied would be pretty uncommon in the area, and besides they are usually found within woods rather than at edges

I don't think edge associations are a good method of differentiating Empid species this time of year. During migration I frequently encounter Yellow-bellieds on stand edges. Also, the OP never mentioned the habitat type here. 

I agree it's not a YBFL, though. The eyering is not well-defined and the breast and belly are more dull and less yellow.

I'm not 100% sure, but I'd put my money on Traill's. Acadian has a more defined eyering and strong contrast between the throat and malar. Primary projection doesn't appear as long as YBFL or Acadian.

 

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2 minutes ago, Liam said:

I don't think edge associations are a good method of differentiating Empid species this time of year. During migration I frequently encounter Yellow-bellieds on stand edges. Also, the OP never mentioned the habitat type here. 

I agree it's not a YBFL, though. The eyering is not well-defined and the breast and belly are more dull and less yellow.

I'm not 100% sure, but I'd put my money on Traill's. Acadian has a more defined eyering and strong contrast between the throat and malar. Primary projection doesn't appear as long as YBFL or Acadian.

 

Yes, good points.

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