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Variegated Flycatcher (Empidonomus varius) User: Brian Morin  (See all photos - 1364)
Canada (Ontario) Near Whitby - This is the second record for Canada. The first was a bird in Toronto in late fall 1993. They are very rare in North America, with only six U.S. records of this South American species. It saved me a trip south
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Date: November 16, 2020
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Near Whitby - This is the second record for Canada. The first was a bird in Toronto in late fall 1993. They are very rare in North America, with only six U.S. records of this South American species. It saved me a trip south
· Date: November 16, 2020 · Views: 57
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Sue
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November 17, 2020 13:05

Amazing!
I have travelled to Argentina and Bolivia but do not recall seeing this species.
Congratulations!
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sashah
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November 17, 2020 13:08

Wow ! Amazing find, I know it is in South America, but very rare. I have been to many countries in South America, but never seen this species. Well done Brian !
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Brian Morin
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November 17, 2020 17:12

It was quite a treat. It is not the most glamorous flycatcher but its rarity compensates. Hundreds of people are getting to see it reasonably well. Between yesterday (the first day) and today it is at least 300. We would have numerous American visitors as well if the border wasn't closed.
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Brian Morin
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November 20, 2020 10:53

The bird was last seen on Nov. 17. It may have perished that night which was quite cold. Knowing the bird had low fuel reserves following a period of almost no insect activity and with no desire or ability to relocate, it simply passed on. That is a normal expectation for any late season bird in this family. They do not have enough energy to move on.
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