[Tweeters] 'Empidonomus varius' sighting

Maureen Ellis mj2ephd at u.washington.edu
Mon Sep 8 12:27:02 PDT 2008

I have a large home library, and best description of the Variegated
Flycatcher is in Meyer de Schauensee et al's 'Birds of Venezuela.' My
Mexican, West Indies, Costa Rica, Panama & Central America, etc. guides
make no reference to this species. There is a brief mention of the V.
Flycatcher in the 2nd edition of the National Geo guide, and a pictured
description of Variegated in the 3rd edition cont through the 5th
edition. The Peterson eastern guide (1980) mentions this bird as being
seen in Maine, once! Its regular northern-most range is about as far as
Trinidad. My south-of-the-border reference library is certainly dated,
but this flycatcher seems way northwest of even its documented accidental
range. So, now it is definitely documented in WA state.
Delighted, me2

Maureen Ellis, PhD, Research Scientist
Woods Lab, Toxicology Group at Roos 1, Box 354695
Lab/Office phone: 206-685-1938 Email: mj2ephd at u.washington.edu
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