Bird #170 — Willow Flycatcher

empidonax (from empidos, mosquito, and anax, king) traillii (given in 1831 by John James Audubon for his friend Dr. Thomas Stewart Traill of Edinburgh)

Monday, June 16, 1980 — 2:00 pm

Barrington, Illinois — Crabtree Nature Center

Why wasn’t I working at 2:00 p.m. on a clear, cool Monday afternoon?  I don’t recall.  I worked this summer painting curbs with Dave and Larry Wightman, but I must confess, I never gave the job my best effort.

Anyway, I was birding at Crabtree.  I spotted the Willow Flycatcher perched in one of the scrubby trees in the apple orchard.  As I watched, I heard it give its “fitz-bew” call several times.

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