Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2013-60

Common name:

Least Flycatcher

Scientific name: Empidonax minimus
Date: 6/26/13
Time: 7:20 AM
Length of time observed: 20 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Unknown
Location: Lund Lane in Farmington, UT
County: Davis
Distance to bird: 20 feet
Optical equipment: Cabela XT 8x42 binoculars
Weather: Warm, no breeze, dry
Light Conditions: Sunny
Description:        Size of bird: About 5 inches
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Basic empidonax shape, short bill, short primary projection
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Light olive color above, spectacled white eye ring, yellow lower mandible, dark wings, two white wing bars, light underside
(Description:)            Bill Type: short and thin
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
The "cheBek" call was given very vocally and repeatedly during entire observation. I listened to playback from Sibley phone app and it matched. The flycater responded and flew toward the sound of the playback.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: Repeated "cheBek" repeatedly.
Behavior: Calling and flycatching, perching mid to high-level of trees
Habitat: Small stand of Cottonwood trees near open field
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
The call was heard and the bird responded to the Least Flycatcher calls from my phone app.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
First sighting, but it was observed and reported by other local birders before and after my observation.
References consulted: Sibley Guide
Description from:  
Observer: Jeff Cooper
Observer's address: 3499 N 1270 W; Pleasant Grove, UT 84062
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 7/7/13
Additional material: Photos
Additional_Comments: Photos being sent to Milt Moody