Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2011-27

Common name:

Least Flycatcher

Scientific name: Empidonax minimus
Date: 05/25/11
Time: 9:15 am
Length of time observed: 2 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Location: Utah County Southeast corner Provo Airport dyke road
County: Utah
Distance to bird: 20 meters
Optical equipment: 10x42 binocs 100mx400mm camera lens
Weather: clear sunny
Light Conditions: bright
Description:        Size of bird: small
(Description:)       Basic Shape: compact
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: gray
(Description:)            Bill Type: small and triangular
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
A small Empidonax type flycatcher, Relatively rounded compact body, large rounded head, short primary projections emphasizing a narrow tail. Overall grayish on the back and light yellow on belly and flanks. Breast light grayish white and throat white Eye ring bold, white and round. Bill short, triangular with appox.equal length at the base Lower mandible showed some yellow but I couldn't tell to what extent. Two contrasting white wing bars on dark gray to black wing coverts.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: No song or call
Behavior: Fidgety
Habitat: Riparian area next to Utah lake
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Other empids eliminated primarily by bill size and large head appearance. Hammond's eliminated with it's narrower bill, longer primary wing tip projections and grayish throat.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
yes, Several sightings of least Flycatcher and numerous sightings other typical western Empidonax.
References consulted: Field notes, Nat.Geo. Sibley
Description from: Notes taken at time of sighting
Observer: Terry Sadler
Observer's address: 887 Germania Ave. Murray, Utah
Observer's e-mail address: terrytoasteater
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 05-25-11
Additional material: Photos