[CT Birds] Empid ID question

Russ Smiley arsmiley at comcast.net
Sun Sep 15 21:54:27 EDT 2013

FWIW, there were willows at the Boulder Pond and out on the Moraine Trail
all summer, and now, though they are silent like yesterday, I just assume
they are the same birds I saw often earlier in the year.
Russ Smiley
Marlborough, CT

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From: CTBirds [mailto:ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org] On Behalf Of
Richard Payne
Sent: Sunday, September 15, 2013 9:41 PM
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] Empid ID question

Dear all,

I was at Hammo this afternoon, had no luck with finding the phalarope, but
I did see an empid along the Moraine Trail that is gets to the heart of
today's empid discussion. Bold eye ring and solid white wing bars with an
olive-green back and a very yellow belly, but the breast was whitish, and
while there was some yellow in the throat, it didn't really stick out like
taxi-cab yellow, and was nowhere nearly as bright as the yellow on the
belly (saw the bird in very good light). At first I was leaning towards
Yellow-bellied, but then the breast and throat had me leaning towards
Acadian - but wouldn't Acadian also be somewhat unusual at this date?

Any thoughts would be appreciated!
Richard P.
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