Documentation of Vermilion Flycatcher

Observer Information

Reporter:  Peter Burke  500 Mohawk Dr.,   Boulder, CO  80303
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Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Vermilion Flycatcher
First Date/Time:  9/29/2018 11:30:00 AM
Last Date/Time:  10/6/2018 3:45:00 PM
Duration (total time in view):  120 mins
County:  Boulder
Specific Location:  Walden Ponds/Sawhill Ponds Complex
Number:  1
Age:  Immature
Sex:  Male
Plumage:  Transitional

Description of the Bird

On Sept. 29, I observed the bird as it very briefly perched on a short cottonwood tree on an island in Cottonwood Marsh. I was able to get a few birders onto it, but it flew off before I could get a photo and efforts to refind it were unsuccessful.

A small flycatcher with dark wings and tail, orange/red chest with white patches and a white throat. Dark mask with a bright red crest. Bird dips its tail phoebe-like often as it hunts from low perches.

Other birders reported the bird in the same area (feeding in the fields just east of the marsh) the next day, and the bird was seen for at least a week.

Similar Species Discussion

Small, bright red flycatcher is pretty much unmistakable.

Resources Used

I briefly got a scope on it.

Previous Experience

I've seen many VEFL, male and female, adult and sub-adult.



Materials Available

Photographer: Peter Burke

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Date Documentation Submitted

10/8/2018 8:28:00 PM
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