Gray Flycatcher (Empidonax wrightii)
 
Status in the Checklist Area - (1) Accidental
     
 
Information

This Empidonax flycatcher is about the size of a junco, and looks very similar to all our other Empidonax flycatchers. This bird’s range barely extends into Canada, where it is only found in the Okanagan of B.C. It migrates south to Mexico. There is only one record of this species, an amazing sighting in the middle of November.

Similar species:
Gray Flycatchers are very similar to its cousins, Dusky, Least, and Hammond’s Flycatchers. One of the best ways to identify a Gray Flycatcher is its habit of dipping its tail downwards (see video below). The other flycatchers do not exhibit this behavior, but some can give a weak dip of their tails. Another good clue is the long, almost black bill, giving it the appearance of being dipped in ink. Like Dusky, Least, and Willow Flycatchers, its call note is a soft ‘whit’ (see eBird recording below).

Sources:
Ehrlich, Dobkin and Wheye, 1988
Sibley, D. 2014

     
Noteworthy Data
 
Date
Location
Source(s)
Comments
November 11, 2016 Glen Valley, Abbotsford J. Vooys, 2016 First record for the checklist area. Photographs, video and call notes recorded (see below). Still present as of November 13, 2016 but not reported as of November 14, 2016 (L. Jellicoe, 2016).
 
Photographs
             
                   
                   
                   
                   
       
       
 
Audio and Video    

November 12, 2016 at Glen Valley, Abbotsford - www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ih-du--BaYY&feature=youtu.be

November 12, 2016, audio of call notes from Glen Valley, Abbotsford - http://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/39749921

 

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