[CT Birds] Hadlyme Fork-tailed Flycatcher Observations

Kathy Van Der Aue kathyvda at gmail.com
Mon Dec 2 07:07:08 EST 2013

When I made my eBird report, I noted that there are four subspecies of the
Fork-tailed Flycatcher listed.  Is it possible that the Cove Island bird
and the Hadlyme Ferry Landing bird are different subspecies?  For that
matter, which one IS this bird?  I just picked the top choice.

Kathy Van Der Aue
Southport, Connecticut
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On Sun, Dec 1, 2013 at 5:24 PM, Stephen Broker <ls.broker at cox.net> wrote:

> The Hadlyme Ferry Launch Fork-tailed Flycatcher has significantly less
> black on the head than did the Cove Island Wildlife Sanctuary bird of 17
> November-4 December 2010.  Rather than having black on the crown that
> curves down fairly symmetrically onto the nape (as with the Cove Island
> bird), the Hadlyme bird shows a sharp, downsweeping, curved demarkation of
> black anterior to the nape.  When perched near or on the ground, the
> Hadlyme bird appeared alert to its surroundings, perhaps looking for flying
> insects in addition to the available berries.  It was probably equally
> alert when perched well up in trees.  Its flight was airy and reminiscent
> of a cuckoo except for the ultra-thin tail dragging behind.  The forking of
> the tail was visible on occasion when the bird was perched and adjusting
> its stance.  The chilling cold and some light rain were very apparent when
> the flycatcher was out of sight for two or three 15-20 minute stretches
> (late morning-early afternoon), but that was quickly forgotten whenever the
> bird reappeared for extended views.
> Steve Broker
> Cheshire
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