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I took these photos this morning at Oceanside NY. Another birder identified it by sound as an Alder Flycatcher. It does seem to match the photos on allaboutbirds.org.  Correct species?

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Flycatchers are so tough. I’d say either Least, Willow or, like you say, Alder flycatcher. But they’re nearly identical so hard to tell. Did you hear it make any calls/song? Sometimes that can help separate the two...

Really nice shots by the way!

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Thanks Winter,

A birder next to me said he recognized the song as an Alder.

I was in the same place this morning, talking to three women who were birding. I mentioned the sighting to them and one played the call of an Alder using a smartphone app. There was an immediate answer from the trees.

 

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Looks good for a Willow/Alder.  The medium primary projection, thin eyering, and larger bill rules out Least.  If it sounded like an Alder then it was an Alder.

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