empidonax (from empidos, mosquito, and anax, king) traillii (given in 1831 by John James Audubon for his friend Dr. Thomas Stewart Traill of Edinburgh)
Monday, June 16, 1980 — 2:00 pm
Barrington, Illinois — Crabtree Nature Center
Why wasn’t I working at 2:00 p.m. on a clear, cool Monday afternoon? I don’t recall. I worked this summer painting curbs with Dave and Larry Wightman, but I must confess, I never gave the job my best effort.
Anyway, I was birding at Crabtree. I spotted the Willow Flycatcher perched in one of the scrubby trees in the apple orchard. As I watched, I heard it give its “fitz-bew” call several times.