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Thank you for your submissions!!

This week's bird is an Cordilleran Flycatcher!! With the information provided that this was on territory in Arizona, we can whittle the possibilities to Willow, Gray, Dusky, Cordilleran, and Buff-breasted Flycatcher. The crown is pretty distinct, the eyering is very distinct, coloration is yellowish, and primary projection is moderate. This is among the more distinct Empids, aside from the nearly identical Pacific-slope, which is out of range. I had to include the location on this quiz, because otherwise differentiating between PS and Cordilleran would be a crapshoot.

This photo was taken at Barfoot Park (Cochise County), Arizona on May 23rd. I was near a nest and this bird was very agitated, singing and calling as I took a couple photos quickly before moving away.

Those who guessed Cordilleran Flycatcher get 3 points, those who guessed any species in Empidonax get 2 points, and anyone who guessed any species in the family Tyrannidae gets 1 point. Plumage does not differ much among ages and between sexes. 

Here's the 10/8/21 scoreboard.

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1. BirdingBoy, ConnorCochrane, Kevin - 22 points

2. BirdNrd, TheBirdNuts  - 20 points

3. AidanB, Kerri - 17 points

4. IKLland, stitch58 - 16 points

5. Avery, meghann - 15 points

6. Kansasbirdguy, PalmWarbler - 12 points 

7. Peromyscus - 8 points

8. MichaelLong - 7 points

9. Lonestranger, quiscalusquiscula, Seanbirds - 6 points

10. Johnd - 5 points

10. PaulK - 3 points

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Let me know if I missed you on the scoreboard or if I made any other errors.

Thanks again for your submissions! This week's quiz will be posted shortly.

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21 hours ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

Yeah, especially when they are flitting around and are impersonating leaves so you can't even get a good look!

To go further, I think it's a Setophaga warbler.

To go even farther, pretty certain it’s a Baypoll.

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Thank you for your submissions!!

This week's bird is a Bay-breasted Warbler!! Based on the size of the bird compared to my hand, we can tell that for a warbler, it is fairly large. The tail is short and bill narrow, ruling out Pine Warbler. That leaves us with Blackpoll or Bay-breasted Warbler and the dark feet confirm Bay-breasted. It has vague streaking on the back and a slight tinge of bay on the sides. This bird was identified as a hatch-year male based on plumage and molt.

This photo was taken at Splinter Hill Bog (Baldwin County), Alabama on October 22nd. 

Those who guessed Bay-breasted Warbler get 3 points, those who guessed any species in Setophaga get 2 points, and anyone who guessed any species in the family Parulidae gets 1 point. 1 additional point is awarded to those who guessed hatch year and 1 additional point is awarded to those who guessed male.

Here's the 10/15/21 scoreboard.

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1. BirdingBoy - 26 points

2. Kevin - 25 points

3. BirdNrd, TheBirdNuts  - 23 points

4. Connor Cochrane - 22 points

5. Kerri - 21 points

6. Aidan B, IKLland, stitch58 - 20 points

7. Avery, meghann - 18 points

8. Kansasbirdguy, PalmWarbler - 15 points 

9. MichaelLong, Peromyscus  - 11 points

10. Seanbirds - 9 points

11. PaulK - 7 points

12. Lonestranger, quiscalusquiscula - 6 points

13. Johnd - 5 points

14. EdHogg - 3 points

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Let me know if I missed you on the scoreboard or if I made any other errors.

Thanks again for your submissions! This week's quiz will be posted shortly.

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