Hammond’s Flycatcher in Iowa County Wisconsin on December 11, 2018

A report of a Hammond’s Flycatcher in Iowa County put me in the chase mode. The bird was reported on Sunday, but I put off the run until today, Tuesday with other things going. This bird is a very rare visitor to the state of Wisconsin being a western US-Canadian bird. Going in the Wisconsin record books as a 1st state record of this species. Mark K joined me for the trip out to Iowa County and we arrived at the reported location about 7:20 am with no other birders around. About 7:40 am the bird flew over us crossing the road and landed in a deciduous tree near the road. We both confirmed at that time that that was the bird we had been waiting for. After a few seconds the bird dropped down at a creek bed and we never really seen where it went. About 10:15 am, the bird reappeared and gave nice looks but far off the road perched in a tree for about 30 seconds, now about 18 other birders were present. It was a very exciting moment if you were there! The bird disappeared again and we left after about 20 minutes. Thanks to Edgar for finding this rare bird and getting the word out for others to try for it. A great time out with other birders and bird #341 on my Wisconsin state life list. It was a chilly morning with temps about 12 degrees, no wind, the sun showed after a couple of hours with all the valleys around. Image was taken on December 11, 2018.

Hammond’s Flycatcher

Binomial name: Empidonax hammondii

Category: Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies

Size: 5.5” long,8.75” wing span

Weight: .35 Oz.

Note: A rare visitor to the state of Wisconsin as the normal range for this species is the western US and Canada.

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

5 Responses to Hammond’s Flycatcher in Iowa County Wisconsin on December 11, 2018

  1. Nan Wisherd says:

    What a bonus bird for the end of 2018. Glad you were able to see it.

  2. Patsy Maga says:

    Congratulations, Jim!

  3. Cathy says:

    He’s soo cute! Is it his tail that separates him from the other Common Flycatchers in our area?

  4. Ken & Barb Wardius says:

    Hi Jim. As an inexperienced birder in all things flycatcher, how are people able to tell the telltale signs of this little bird? Thanks.

  5. Scott Montgomery says:

    What would a fly catcher be eating this time of year? 12 degrees. No insects flying.

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