A Nutting’s Flycatcher in Arizona

On January 17, 2012 I ventured back out to the Colorado River, Bill Williams Delta to look again for the Nutting’s Flycatcher first discovered by David Vander Pluym and Lauren Harter back in December. This time around I heard it within 30 seconds of stepping out of the car and had it in view in just a couple of minutes. I spent the next 45 minutes looking and listening as the bird caught some morning sun, gradually working its way northeast along the road. At times, it flew within a few feet of me. At times it was quite vocal too. Attached are photos and a recording from the morning. ┬áThis was my third sighting of this species in the ABA area, and my second for Arizona.

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4 Responses to A Nutting’s Flycatcher in Arizona

  1. Wow, those are great photos of that bird!

  2. admin says:

    Thanks Jeremy!

  3. Mel Gabel says:

    The Nutting’s was reported on Dec. 15 last year, so my wife and I decided to make a trip to Bill Williams. We got there at about 1:00 on Dec. 18 — no luck finding the bird that afternoon. We stayed overnight in Lake Havasu City and tried again the next morning. Again no luck. On the way out, at least a mile closer to the highway, I say a flycatcher low in a bush that I called an Ash-throated because the yellow on the tummy was very light. It flew off and I lost it. Is there a chance that the Nutting’s would wonder as far away from its preffered site as one mile?

  4. Melissa Sherwood says:

    Hey, Chris!, thanks for posting this. A friend and I are heading to Bill Williams tomorrow – heard a Nutting’s has been seen there again this month. We’re in Indio. We were so happy to hear your recording.

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