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Variegated Flycatcher

Empidonomus varius

The normal range of this flycatcher is entirely within South America. But the populations nesting in the southern part of that continent are strongly migratory; birds from that area sometimes make errors in navigation and wind up far outside their normal haunts. Such strays have been found at least four times in North America, in Maine, Ontario, Tennessee, and Washington. 
Family Tyrant Flycatchers
The normal range of this flycatcher is entirely within South America. But the populations nesting in the southern part of that continent are strongly migratory; birds from that area sometimes make errors in navigation and wind up far outside their normal haunts. Such strays have been found at least four times in North America, in Maine, Ontario, Tennessee, and Washington. 
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“chee-chee-chu”, also high pitched buzz “zeeeeete”
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