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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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Striped Skunk
Mephitis mephitis
Black fur with a white stripe running in between the eyes, along the head.  Two stripes run along its back from the neck to the tail, where they become one stripe.  A pair of glands on either side of the anus discharges the smelly liquid skunks are famous for.
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