Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

The 2013 banding season continues to be slow and late in Northfield. Yesterday, 9 September, I caught my first Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. These flycatchers have a short breeding season. In Minnesota, the first fall migrants can be seen in July. This year is not the first that I missed the early migrants—I banded my first fall Yellow-bellied Flycatcher in 2011 on 7 September. I find capturing the true colors of this bird to be most difficult. This photo comes closer than most, but is a tad brownish. The birds actually show a muted tropical greenish on their upperparts.

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