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 11:50:00 AM
Last Date/Time:  5/25/2015 11:55:00 AM
Duration (total time in view):  5 minutes
County:  Sedgwick
Specific Location:  Ovid Woods
Number:  2
Age:  Adult
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Other/Unknown


woodlands along stream

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  binoculars, camera
Distance:  60 feet
Light:  shade beneath trees

Description of the Bird

The empids were seen on low perches in bushes and trees near the creek through the Ovid Woods.  Each bird had long primaries, a broad and straight-sided tail, an olive-colored back, grayish wash on the breast on an otherwise whiteish underside, grayish face, complete and narrow eyering, and large bill.  Each bird called "peep" many times (audio recording included with this report).

Similar Species Discussion

Willow and Acadian Flycatcher were also considered.  The "peep" call and complete eyering eliminate Willow.  The "peep" call eliminates Acadian.

Resources Used

Sibley Guide to Birds

Previous Experience

Experience observing empids since 2012.  Experience observing Alder Flycatchers in the field beginning in May 2015.  Familiarity with empid calls and songs previously from listening to recordings on


Notes made DURING observation

Materials Available

Photographer: David Dowell

Photos | Audio |


Date Documentation Submitted

11/27/2016 9:59:00 PM
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