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Documentation of Alder Flycatcher

Observer Information

Reporter:  David Dowell 
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Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Alder Flycatcher
First Date/Time:  5/29/2016 8:40:00 AM
Last Date/Time:  5/29/2016 8:50:00 AM
Duration (total time in view):  10 minutes
County:  Yuma
Specific Location:  Sandy Bluffs State Trust Land
Number:  1
Age:  Adult
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Other/Unknown



Viewing Conditions

Optics:  binoculars, camera
Distance:  as close as 20 feet
Light:  sunny; bird seen in both full sun and shade

Description of the Bird

Empidonax flycatcher with wide tail, olive-colored back, moderate/long primary projection, thick bill, and narrow and complete eyering.  Low perches, particularly in Willows and Russian Olives.  "Peep" call heard many times; recordings included with this report.

Similar Species Discussion

Among empids with large bills, moderate/long primaries, and wide tails -- Alder, Willow, and Acadian -- the bird was identified to species by the "peep" call.

Resources Used

Sibley Guide to Birds

Previous Experience

I have observed empidonax flycatchers often during five years of birding and had observed several Alder Flycatchers previously.


Notes made DURING observation

Additional Information

Materials Available

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Date Documentation Submitted

11/28/2016 8:37:00 PM

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