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This was seen in Virginia Beach, VA almost on the North Carolina border. The willow Flycatcher Range map doesn't show it going that low into VA. Would it be safe to say it was an Alder with this new information?

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36 minutes ago, ronvan3 said:

This was seen in Virginia Beach, VA almost on the North Carolina border. The willow Flycatcher Range map doesn't show it going that low into VA. Would it be safe to say it was an Alder with this new information?

Which range map are you looking at?

Willows (and Alders) are going to be migrating for another 10 days or so (or more) through coastal Virginia.

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Virginia Beach is only a few miles away from the orange color for Willow Flycatcher. I wouldn't place too much stock in its absence on this map.

eBird has 5 sites with multiple sightings with as many as 7 birds across multiple years in the month of May, in Virginia Beach, starting in 2013. Alder Flycatcher was only reported from one site on one day only in Virginia Beach during this same period, by a very experienced (and sadly deceased) birder.

If you didn't hear your bird vocalize, it should be left was Willow/Alder as @IKLland says above.

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