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An Alder Flycatcher in Iceland

An Empidonax flycatcher was discovered early today at Kverkin/Eyjafjöll (S-Iceland) by Björn Arnarson, Edward Barry Rickson, Einar Ó. Þorleifsson and Sigmundur Ásgeirsson. The bird was later mistnetted by incoming birders, carefully measured, examined and photographed. After some discussion, and comparing the measurements with Peter Pyle's "Identification Guide to North American Birds", we came to the conclusion that this bird is Western Palearctic's first Alder Flycatcher Empidonax alnorum !! The bird seemed in good shape, was not ringed when released and was still present at this site later in the day. A total of 14 birders saw the bird making this one of the biggest twitches ever in Iceland (in one day) !
We will however ask for confirmation from experienced ornithologists in North America.

There are two previous records of Empidonax flycatchers in the Western Palearctic (both in Iceland); an Acadian Flycatcher E. virescens found dead at Selfoss on 4 November 1967, and a Least Flycatcher E. minimus at Stokkseyri on 6-7 October 2003. - YK/10.10.2003

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Alder Flycatcher Empidonax alnorum
Kverkin (Seljaland), Eyjafjöll (S)
10 October 2003

© Daníel Bergmann

Alder Flycatcher Empidonax alnorum
Kverkin (Seljaland), Eyjafjöll (S)
10 October 2003

© Daníel Bergmann

Alder Flycatcher Empidonax alnorum
Kverkin (Seljaland), Eyjafjöll (S)
10 October 2003

© Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson

Alder Flycatcher Empidonax alnorum
Kverkin (Seljaland), Eyjafjöll (S)
10 October 2003

© Daníel Bergmann

Alder Flycatcher Empidonax alnorum
Kverkin (Seljaland), Eyjafjöll (S)
10 October 2003

© Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson

Alder Flycatcher Empidonax alnorum
Kverkin (Seljaland), Eyjafjöll (S)
10 October 2003

© Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson

Alder Flycatcher Empidonax alnorum
Kverkin (Seljaland), Eyjafjöll (S)
10 October 2003

© Daníel Bergmann