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Species, Date, Time and Location Information
5/28/2016 2:25:00 PM
5/28/2016 2:35:00 PM
Duration (total time in view):
Sand Draw State Wildlife Area
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.
Sibley Guide to Birds
I have observed empidonax flycatchers often during five years of birding and had observed several Alder Flycatchers before this one.
Notes made DURING observation
Date Documentation Submitted
11/28/2016 7:43:00 PM
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