Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2017-40

Common name:

Least Flycatcher

Scientific name: Empidonax minimus
Date: Sun, Jun 04, 2017
Time: 9:00 am
Length of time observed: 20 minutes
Number: One
Age: Adult
Sex: Unknown
Location: near Warm Springs WMA
County:  Utah
Latilong: 39.968, -111.852
Elevation: 4500 feet
Distance to bird: 30 feet
Optical equipment: Vortex, 8 x 42 Viper Binoculars
Weather: Bright, sunny and warm
Light Conditions: Bright sunny
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
No visual, audible only.
Song or call & method of delivery: Mechanical chebek calls for 20 minutes. (Audio)
Behavior: Continuous calling from tall trees. Very active.
Habitat: Tall trees near a residence.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
According to internet sources the chebek call is the best characteristic for identification purposes. No other bird sounds like this.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
 I have seen/heard Least Flycatcers in past seasons in Ogden, Little Dell Reservoir and Willard Bay., ,
References consulted: Sibley Birds and online resources.
Description from: Notes taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Rachel LeBlanc
Observer's address: Herriman, UT
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: In looking at e-bird for this location and this species the following people have subsequently found the bird after I located it: Bryan Shirley, Dennis Shirley, George Webb, Connie Misket, Leena Rogers, Suzi Holt, Alton Thygerson, Darren Hall, Lauri Talor, Mathew Pendleton, Neldon Kunz and Von Welch.
Date prepared: Jun 15, 2017
Additional material: A .mov of chebek sound to Milton Moody.(Audio)
Additional comments:  This submission was done at the request of Michael Lester.