Documentation of Alder Flycatcher

Observer Information

Reporter:  Steven Mlodinow  530 Peregrine Circle,   Longmont, CO  80504-8806
Other Observers:  None

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Alder Flycatcher
First Date/Time:  5/30/2017 7:05:00 AM
Last Date/Time:  5/30/2017 7:08:00 AM
Duration (total time in view):  1-2 minutes
County:  Sedgwick
Specific Location:  Sand Draw State Wildlife Area
Number:  1
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Other/Unknown



Viewing Conditions

Optics:  Swarovski 12x50
Distance:  as close as 30 feet
Light:  Fair

Description of the Bird

Heard the Pip/Peep of an ALFL. Pished bird in, lighting not great. Bird had low, rounded crown that I associate with ALFL, a smallish bill for a "Traill's" Flycatcher, somewhat stout appearance (that I also assoicate with ALFL; don't have better way of describing), and long primary extension. Could not assess back color well. Narrow complete eyering. Wingbars present, seemed bold, but hard to assess contrast accurately in light. Same with tertial edges. Watched/heard bird for at least 2 minutes.

Similar Species Discussion

WIFL -- call not whit of this species nor various odd harder calls produced by some w WIFLs (which should have shorter primaries)
HAFL -- sounds somewhat similar but smaller billed, blockier head, smaller tail

Resources Used


Previous Experience

Moderate with ALFL, extensive with WIFL and HAFL


Notes made AFTER observation

Materials Available

Photographer: Mlodinow

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Date Documentation Submitted

6/29/2017 11:23:00 AM
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