Documentation of Alder Flycatcher

Observer Information

Reporter:  Steven Mlodinow  530 Peregrine Circle,   Longmont, CO  80504-8806
Other Observers:  David Dowell who agreed with ID

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Alder Flycatcher
First Date/Time:  5/28/2017 3:15:00 PM
Last Date/Time:  5/28/2017 3:18:00 PM
Duration (total time in view):  3-4 minutes
County:  Kit Carson
Specific Location:  Flagler Reservoir State Wildlife Area
Number:  1
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Other/Unknown


Riparian below dam

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  Swarovski 12x50 bins
Distance:  roughly 30 feet
Light:  good

Description of the Bird

Largish Empidonax with green upperparts including crown. Wings quite contrasty. Tertials black centered with white edges. Wing coverts black centered with bright, white or near-white edging (wingbars). Secondaries edged with yellow-green. Throat white, contrasting sharply with gray-green auriculars. Weak round eyering. Rounded head throughout observation. Moderately long primaries. Bill smallish c/w eastern WIFL. Tail moderate length, relatively broad, square-ended. 

Similar Species Discussion

w WIFL should be duller and shorter winged.
Eastern WIFL typically would have different head shape (more crested), larger billed, darker and duller above

Resources Used


Previous Experience

Moderate with ALFL and eastern WIFL; extensive with w WIFL


Notes made AFTER observation

Date Documentation Submitted

6/27/2017 7:33:00 PM
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