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Alder Flycatcher

Empidonax alnorum
Photo by www.royalalbertamuseum.ca

Habitat: Alder and Willow shrubs, near marches, streams, and lakes.

Description: Similar to the Willow Flycatcher and Least Flycatcher. Greenish upper body with white markings, and yellow/green underbody.

Size: 15 - 17cm in length

Diet: Beetles, bees, wasps, mosquitos

Fun Facts: The Alder Flycatcher is close in comparison to the Willow Flycatcher. Because the two birds look similar and share the same habitat, the only recorded difference between the two are their songs. In fact, older Field Guides used to list just Traill's Flycatcher, which was later split into the two different species in the 1970s.

Source: W. McGuillivray and G. Semenchuk. Field Guide to Alberta Birds. Federation of Alberta Naturalists.

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Arctic Blue
Agriades franklinii

Habitat:  The Arctic Blue can be found throughout Alberta, except for in the mountains.  The Arctic Blue prefers open, dry, sandy places and gets its name from its large habitat range that continues all the way into the Arctic islands.

Description:  Mostly a dingy blue in color, on the underside of the hind wings can be found white spotting

Size:  25-30mm...

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