Ash-throated Flycatcher fledgling—a bird in the needle-stack

I’ve been lucky this season in stumbling on Ash-throated Flycatcher  (ATFL) fledglings-to-be.  I must have mis-estimated the hatching date of this box; normally, I wouldn’t be checking it with the kids so close to fledging.  The nestmates of these two must have fledged earlier in the day; these guys were out of the box themselves when I peeked in 2 hours later.

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Here’s a real “Where’s Waldo” challenge at a different ATFL box. As I walked up to a nest box, I saw this dude launch itself into the world.  Can you find the newly fledged ATFL in the pinyon? (Hint—click on the photo to get a larger version and look behind a small dead area at the end of a branch in the approximate center of the photo.)

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Give up? Below is the same photo, cropped and with a circle around the fledgling.  (Again, click on the photo for a larger version.)  In this photo, it’s facing to the right. (One adult was calling from the right; another, from the left.)  What looks like a white line on its cheek is actually the white gape flange.

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Here’s another, with the same fledgling facing to the left (inside the ellipse).  In this one, you can see the white gape flanges a bit more clearly (in the larger version).

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