Tonight’s talk looks at breaking down the mystique of flycatchers. Taken as a whole, this group can be a bit overwhelming, and all but the most experienced birders can struggle with them. In tonight’s talk, we will consider structure, behavior, along with vocal clues in sorting out differences between types of flycatchers likely to be encountered in the United States and Canada. “How do I tell if I’m looking at a pewee or an empid?” “…pewee or Phoebe?” “…crested flycatchers (Myiarchus) versus kingbirds (Tyrannus), etc. Once we have identified these groupings, we will touch on some of the best ways to tackle identification within each of the groups.
Chris Benesh is a lifelong birder living in Tucson, Arizona and has been studying flycatchers for many years. He works for Field Guides as a birding guide and produces educational videos for OutBirding.com. Chris grew up birding in California. After earning his degree in zoology, Chris joined the Field Guides staff, and his life underwent a wonderful transformation. The intervening years at Field Guides have taken him to many corners of the world and across both the Arctic and Antarctic circles! Chris's passion for education has led to his serving on the Arizona Bird Committee, leading the occasional workshop, and thoroughly explaining in admirable detail the nuances of flycatchers to tour participants and colleagues alike.
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