3 Empids in Wasco Co, OR on 05/16/10

I spent a whole day watching 3 empids in Wasco Co on 5/16, all in different habitat. One should somewhat be able to narrow down the candidates based on these habitats. I included a habitat picture for each one. Can you tell what they are? I know the answer as these birds were singing on territory …

Here is bird 1, the habitat is pine-oak savanna NE of Wamic.

Now to bird 2. This guy was in sage & juniper.

And finally bird 3 in the pines a few miles west and up from Tygh Valley.

This Yellow-breasted Chat near Sherar’s Bridge on the Deschutes River made me smile …


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