This little girl (6″) is easily mistaken for a Say’s Phoebe from a distance. The female Vermillion Flycatchers seem to arrive ahead of the males in Baja California Sur during their southern migration. I can’t wait to see male adults, which are strikingly red and brown. Adult females are grayish-brown above, with a blackish tail; throat and breast are white, with dusky streaking. The belly and under-tail coverts are peach-colored.
The typical call note is a sharp, thin pseep. This bird frequently pumps and spreads it’s tail. I find these birds near small wooded ponds and streamsides.