Species, Date, Time and Location Information
5/18/2016 5:40:00 PM
5/18/2016 6:00:00 PM
Duration (total time in view):
Flagler Reservoir State Wildlife Area
bushes and trees along seasonal stream south of lake
as close as 20 feet
sunny; bird seen in both full sun and shade
Description of the Bird
The bird, obviously an empidonax flycatcher, was found moving from perch to perch low in the trees and bushes along a seasonal stream, which was flowing at the time. For a minute or so, the bird was in the same tree as a Least Flycatcher, and the bird of interest did appear larger. Other characteristics I noted were wide, straight-sided tail; olive-colored back; large bill; long primary projection; and complete, narrow eyering.
Thinking the bird was an Alder Flycatcher, I continued to observe the bird for about 20 minutes, hoping the bird would call, and it did. The call, heard four times, was the "peep" call of Alder Flycatcher.
Similar Species Discussion
The "peep" call eliminates similar-looking Willow and Acadian Flycatchers. Willow can be eliminated by visible characteristics, too, because it would have an indistinct eyering and a more brownish back.
Sibley Guide to Birds
Exerience observing empids since 2012. Previous experience observing several Alder Flycatchers in spring 2015.
Notes made DURING observation
Date Documentation Submitted
11/28/2016 3:25:00 PM
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