[CT Birds] Can anyone help a colorblind birder?

Tim Antanaitis timant123 at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 24 18:32:23 EDT 2015

I saw a silent empidonax flycatcher at Hammonasset on September 12.  I got a few photos.  I think it is a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher.  I have a more notes and the photo links below.  I'm colorblind (many varieties) and I've been asked how I can even be a birder if I can't see the colors.  It really can be frustrating, but I still enjoy it.  I was just going to let this go as another bird that really has no color to me and that I will never identify, but I figured I'd ask for some help.  Is there anyone out there that would be willing to give me their opinion based on the photos? If so, please send any ideas to timant123 AT yahoo.com

      On Thursday, September 24, 2015 6:18 PM, "ebird-checklist at cornell.edu" <ebird-checklist at cornell.edu> wrote:

 Madison Hammonasset State Park, New Haven, Connecticut, US
Sep 12, 2015 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:    75-82 F.  Mostly sunny. 1 Diamondback Terrapin in swan pond, 1 E. Cottontail, 1 Mourning Cloak, 3 Monarch, 1 Clouded Sulphur.
28 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  21    21 west end
Double-crested Cormorant  17    16 on rocks seen from cedar is
Great Egret  13
Snowy Egret  1
Little Blue Heron  1    adult in boulder pond
Osprey  3
Cooper's Hawk  1    over campground
Killdeer  7    6 in nature center lot
Herring Gull  13
Great Black-backed Gull  4
Mourning Dove  9
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2    2 Willard's Island (WI)
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1    WI
Empidonax sp.  1    silent on WI. It flicked its tail a few times. Complete eye ring. It appears to me to have a yellow throat.  I think it's a Yellow-bellied, however I'm colorblind and I could use someone else's opinion. photos
<a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/2M_rdWfAMw8aRLpPM3YSnNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/--QMqPFBCTyA/VfX3iZHqY_I/AAAAAAAARJ4/hwPsaer_Zn4/s400-Ic42/IMG_9941.jpg" /></a>From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/101508656659768574408/CTAug21Dec312015?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">CT, Aug 21-Dec 31, 2015</a>
<a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/kNnfI--1pDNvDAq-roz-QNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-yd8NLgn25E4/VfX3i4PfE3I/AAAAAAAARJ8/0WWSvI6h21M/s400-Ic42/IMG_9946.jpg" /></a>From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/101508656659768574408/CTAug21Dec312015?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">CT, Aug 21-Dec 31, 2015</a>
<a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/buAuOQdfqjUqEb-jQ6usStMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Akcawsw6jyk/VfX3kqvY_uI/AAAAAAAARKE/-i2J3iTLVGo/s400-Ic42/IMG_9950.jpg" /></a>From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/101508656659768574408/CTAug21Dec312015?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">CT, Aug 21-Dec 31, 2015</a>
Eastern Phoebe  1    WI
Blue Jay  2
Fish Crow  15
Tree Swallow  20
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1    WI
Gray Catbird  3
Northern Mockingbird  7
Cedar Waxwing  1
Common Yellowthroat  1    WI
American Redstart  1    WI
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1
American Goldfinch  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S25018516

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