Hammond's Flycatcher, Empidonax
A small shy flycatcher that occasionally passes through our
area in spring and fall.
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
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.