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Alder Flycatcher

Empidonax alnorum
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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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Pale Swallowtail
Papilio eurymedon

Habitat: You are most likely able to see this Swallowtail in May or June.  It is a species that is rare in Alberta and can only be found in the extreme southwest. Predominately a forest butterfly, it prefers dry, open forests.

Description: A black and white butterfly, its wings are covered with thick black stripes with a small tail protruding off each hind wing.

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