Fall has come to the Bay Area as slightly chilly air. We can all feel it; it's very exciting.
Yesterday we headed to Butano State Park in Pescadero, CA. There weren't many birds, but the clear sky allowed for some beautiful photos.
We headed to the forest in the hopes of finding some chickadees or nuthatches. I heard lots of birds, but didn't get to see them.
There are eight kinds of flycatchers in Northern California, but only half of them have the triangle shaped top. The only two that have both the triangle shaped top and the eye ring are Pacific-sloped Flycatchers and Cordilleran Flycatchers. It appears that the Pacific-sloped Flycatchers have less of a triangle and are smaller, but many sources say the birds are visually identical and only distinguishable by sound.
I think the picture below is a Pacific-sloped Flycatcher from another part of Pescadero, CA, but it could be a Dusky Flycatcher. If anyone has a different opinion, please comment. I'm still learning.
It is so hard to tell the difference. GrrlScientist posted a picture of a flycatcher last week that she identifies as a Willow Flycatcher, but I swear is a Gray Flycatcher or at least some kind of hybrid. The bird has eyerings, which are associated with Gray Flycatchers and not Willow Flycatchers. I'm planning on getting a more detailed field guide soon that I hope will help with these identifications.