I echo what Stefan said about Merlin. It’s good but not that great. It recently
reviewed two very clear photos of immature bald eagles and said they were
golden eagles. Like night and day. That’s a bad error for Merlin. As an eBird
reviewer, I see a lot junk that Merlin spits out. It’s astonishing how bad it
is at times. Part of that it user error too,, but still. I probably wouldn’t go
with Merlin on silent fall gray empids, but again I haven’t tested it.
Maybe I’m old fashioned, but I prefer a few good field guides, the paper kind :)
Sent from my iPhone
On Sep 27, 2019, at 2:11 PM, Stefan Woltmann <stefan.woltmann@xxxxxxxxx>
As lovely as Merlin is, there is simply no reasonable way to expect that it
could correctly identify silent fall Empidonax flycatchers.
On Fri, Sep 27, 2019 at 3:04 PM Hugh Barger <hughbarger@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Justin, for what it's worth I agree with both your IDs. I ran your pics
through the Merlin App and it agreed also.
On Fri, Sep 27, 2019 at 2:42 PM fndrbndr59 <fndrbndr59@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I'm fielding opinions on two empids I photographed over the last two days.
First, I photographed what I believe is a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
yesterday (9-26-19). This bird was silent.
Second, we found a empid this morning, which I think is a Least Flycatcher.
Confirmation/correction plus any notes would be greatly appreciated.
Stefan Woltmann, Ph.D.
Dept. of Biology, and
Center of Excellence for Field Biology
Austin Peay State University
Clarksville, TN 37044