Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2014-018

Common name:

Least Flycatcher

Scientific name: Empidonax minimus
Date: 6-5-2014
Time: 6:30 PM
Length of time observed: 15 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Location: Newton Reservoir, Southwest side in the primitive camping area.
County: Cache
Distance to bird: Closest distance was about 25 yards
Optical equipment: Nikon 8x32 binoculars and Canon SLR with 75-300mm lens.
Light Conditions: Late afternoon sun from behind me.
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Mostly gray with white underparts
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Heard several distinct Che-bek calls and followed them to a small flycatcher. It was mostly gray with white underparts, white wingbars, and a distinct white eyering. I took a brief look through my binoculars but spent most of my time trying to get some audio and photographic evidence.
(see photo and view video with sound)
Song or call & method of delivery: It would give 4-8 distinct Che-bek calls from an open perch then move to another perch and give another series of calls.
Behavior: Mostly calling as described above. Twice I observed the bird make a short flight out to catch an insect and return to the same or a nearby perch.
Habitat: Open woods near Newton reservoir.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Eliminated from other Empid species by call. Also noted that it was smaller and lighter gray than a Western Wood-pewee observed at the same time.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I became familiar with the call last June (2013) when I heard it 3-5 times a week for about 1 month on a trail near work in Logan.
References consulted: Cornell Lab's All About Birds website for descriptions, photos and audio of different empid species.
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Cullen Clark
Observer's address:  
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Ryan O'Donnell
Date prepared: 6-7-2014
Additional material: Photos, video with audio