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Hammond's Flycatcher, Empidonax hammondii

A small shy flycatcher that occasionally passes through our area in spring and fall.
This flycatcher lives along the Pacific Northwest from Northern California up into western Canada and central Alaska during the summer months and travels by most of California in spring and fall heading for  Mexico and Central America for winter. Hammond's Flycatcher lives in cool conifer forest or mixed forest where bugs, moths and other insects are picked off in flight. The flight and actions are very similar to a Black Pheobe.
This bird was only here for a week hiding in the cool shade  during one of your cool fall periods. It seems logical that he flew from Alaska taking a few stops on the way to acclimate from an Alaska fall to a Mexican Fall. I managed a few pictures of him in the sunlight, but the poor fellow would be panting after a few minutes and hide back into a cool wet spot. Catching a few insects along the way.