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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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Silvery Blue
Glaucopsyche lygdamus

Habitat:  The Silvery Blue can be found throughout all of Alberta and is very common in poplar forests and meadows.

Description:  The Silvery Blue is closer to grey than silver on the underside of its wings with blue on the inside.  Each wing was a distinctive row of black spots running across them.

Size:  25-30mm

Diet:  The...

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