Documentation of Alder Flycatcher

Observer Information

Reporter:  David Dowell  3721 Staghorn Dr,   Longmont, CO  80503
Other Observers:  Bill Kaempfer

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Alder Flycatcher
First Date/Time:  5/25/2015 10:20:00 AM
Last Date/Time:  5/25/2015 10:25:00 AM
Duration (total time in view):  5 minutes
County:  Sedgwick
Specific Location:  Julesburg
Number:  1
Age:  Adult
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Other/Unknown


lake with surrounding woodlands

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  binoculars, camera
Distance:  80 feet
Light:  full sun

Description of the Bird

We observed the empidonax flycatcher at DePoorter Lake near Julesburg.  As we walked down the fenceline, the bird moved along ahead of us and perched repeatedly on the fence.  Some of the characteristics we observed were olive-colored back; grayish face; narrow, complete eyering; thick, longish bill; and longish primary extension.  The bird called "peep" twice, reminiscent of a single Olive-sided Flycatcher call note (as described by Sibley).

Similar Species Discussion

Alder, Willow, and Acadian Flycatchers are empids with large bills and long primaries.  The bird was identified as Alder by the "peep" call.

Resources Used

Sibley Guide to Birds

Previous Experience

Experience observing empids since 2012.  Experience with Alder Flycatcher starting in May 2015, when several were observed.


Notes made DURING observation

Materials Available

Photographer: David Dowell

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Date Documentation Submitted

11/27/2016 9:15:00 PM
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