We got closer and my hunch was correct, it was indeed a GRAY FLYCATCHER:
Now, I don't really know why but I really do love this species. Still to this day I've seen fewer than 10 of these so it's probably the newness of them that still excites me a little bit. It really was a classic GRFL though; super long bill, a yellow lower-mandible with a sharp black tip, and the bird displayed the distinctive behavior of dipping its tail down like a phoebe. It also gave its whit call note quite often, more often than other migrant empids I've seen around here. I never got to study the back of the bird to look at the primary projection but GRFLs have pretty short projection.
This is actually the second time we've found one here but the previous one took us a minute or two to figure out the ID. This time, we were ready. The previous record was on an April 21st... 5 days after we had this one. Seems like a nice, tight window of arrival (so far).
We also hit paydirt when this county year bird flew over, a WHIMBREL:
Another interesting bird was bopping around this morning. This bird, also an empid, was feeding in tree tops in a rather bare part of the park, out in the open near one of the baseball diamonds:
This following flycatcher... well, it likes it just about everywhere:
Lastly, the BULLOCK'S ORIOLES are back in full force and have been for some time. Here's a young male that was singing up a storm from a tree top. It paused to look at me... so I paused and looked at it:
It's a dullish yellow... so why is it a male? Female Bullock's NEVER have black on the throat. Only males have that.