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The lores are light, and the lower mandible is pale orange. Distinct wing bars are visible on the folded wing. Willow Flycatchers catch insects, starting from a perch and returning to the same spot. The vocalization is a high, nasal Fitz-Bee call. ) Say’s Phoebe, Sayornis saya Family Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers) Size: 7½” Season: Summer Habitat: Arid open country, shrubland The Say’s Phoebe is a fairly slim flycatcher with a long, black tail. It is pale gray-brown above, with lighter wings bars.
They are adept swimmers and emit a Wheet! call in alarm. indd 29 11/8/11 4:15 PM Greater Yellowlegs, SANDPIPERS, PHALAROPES Tringa melanoleuca Family Scolopacidae (Sandpipers, Phalaropes) Size: 14” Season: Summer Habitat: Marshes The Greater Yellowlegs is sometimes called the “tell-tale” bird, as the sentinel of a flock raises an alarm when danger is near, flying off and circling to return. It has long, bright yellow legs, a long neck, a dark, slightly upturned bill, and a white eye ring. The upperparts are dark gray and mottled, while the underparts are white with barring on the flanks.
Most of these birds migrate across the Gulf of Mexico to South America in the winter. indd 41 11/8/11 4:15 PM Rufous Hummingbird, KINGFISHERS Selasphorus rufus Family Trochilidae (Hummingbirds) Size: 3½” Season: Spring and fall during migration Habitat: Woodlands, parks, gardens The Rufous Hummingbird is a small, compact hummingbird with a relatively short bill and short wings. The male is bright rufous orange with green wings, a white breast patch, and an iridescent bronze gorget (throat patch).