Probable Least Flycatcher (but no Catbird) Beach Chalet

Richard Bradus

Spent an hour early this evening on stakeout for the catbird seen yesterday but no go.

However, there was an interesting empid working the thicket just northeast from the Play Field commemorative rock on the path off the northwest corner of the Beach Chalet soccer fields.

What caught my eye (in addition to the compact appearance) was behavior similar to the one seen Dec.-Jan. in the Presidio: swooping fly-catching low to the ground and returning in a cycle to favorite perches, most down low. It also flicked its tail downwards repeatedly, but did not vocalize, unfortunately. Full description on eBird:

May be worth a try tomorrow.

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Richard Bradus
San Francisco