We stayed at the bird blind from 13:30 to 17:00 and got our best view of the likely bird around 14:30. We also heard the quiet, plaintive, falling peee-uur call that would be consistent with this species, though not at the same time as we saw the bird. We observed the bird in the low trees between the gate and the newer of the two bird blinds as well as from inside the blind itself. We gathered our notes and pictures to compare against the bird guides.
The pictures below show two key field marks that support this as a Dusky-capped Flycatcher rather than one of the other similar Myiarchus sp. common in this area. First, note the strong rusty edges on the tail feathers and, importantly, the lack of rufous color on the underside of these tail feathers. In addition, note the edges of the secondaries in the second picture. These are clearly rufous edges rather than the white edges seen on the other species.
|Canon 60D, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS, ISO-800, f/5.6, 1/640 sec, Flash|
|Canon 60D, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS, ISO-800, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec, Flash|