Documentation of Alder Flycatcher

Observer Information

Reporter:  David Dowell  3721 Staghorn Dr,   Longmont, CO  80503
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Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Alder Flycatcher
First Date/Time:  5/28/2016 2:25:00 PM
Last Date/Time:  5/28/2016 2:35:00 PM
Duration (total time in view):  10 minutes
County:  Sedgwick
Specific Location:  Sand Draw State Wildlife Area
Number:  1
Age:  Adult
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Other/Unknown



Viewing Conditions

Optics:  binoculars, camera
Distance:  30 feet
Light:  full sun

Description of the Bird

The bird was found moving around among clusters of small trees with open areas in between, favoring low perches.  The bird had an olive-colored back; a broad, straight-sided tail; white wingbars; bright white wing edges; and a narrow, complete eyering.  Relative to other empids, it had a large bill and moderate/long primary projection.  During the period of observation, the bird called "peep" often (dozens of times; recordings included with this report) and sang "rreeBEEa" twice.

Similar Species Discussion

Similar-looking empids such as Willow and Acadian Flycatchers were eliminated because the "peep" call and "rreeBEEa" song are characteristic of Alder Flycatcher.

Resources Used

Sibley Guide to Birds

Previous Experience

I have observed empidonax flycatchers often during five years of birding and had observed several Alder Flycatchers before this one.


Notes made DURING observation

Materials Available

Photographer: David Dowell

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Date Documentation Submitted

11/28/2016 7:43:00 PM
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