I think this may be a first Hidalgo County record and for me was Hidalgo County bird #392.
Monday, December 25, 2017
Hammond's Flycatcher at Estero Llano Grande State Park, 12/25/17
I was over in Cameron County today looking for Burrowing Owls when I got a call call from Mary Gustafson telling me she and the Sniders had just found what was either a Hammond's or Dusky Flycatcher. Well either one would be a new Hidalgo County bird for me so I rushed right over. When I arrived at the the spot in the Tropical Zone, no one was around which was fine by me. I either want folks there looking at the bird or no one there so I can find it on my own. It only took me a few minutes to find a flock of wintering passerines and there was our little empid with them. After taking a few photos I could they this bird had a tiny narrow bill and looked like a Hammond's Flycatcher to me. I called Mary to tell here I had found the bird and she said Mark Lockwood had looked at the photos and pronounced it a Hammond's. A little later I refound the bird and it was giving the distinctive Hammond's Flycatcher "beek" call.
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