Myiarchus cinerascens cinerascens
Status: Rare casual summer visitor west. Accidental breeder Kimball Co.
Documentation: Description: Photographs 9 Jul 2007 Kimball Co (Mollhoff et al 2008, Brogie 2008).
Taxonomy: Two weakly-differentiated subspecies are recognized, pertinax of Baja California, and cinerascens of southwest USA and western Mexico (Pyle 1997).
Nebraska birds are cinerascens.
Summer: There are five documented records.
The first documented record for the state was of one seen near the White River north of Chadron, Dawes Co 29 Aug 1987 (Mollhoff 1989, Williams 1988).
The next four records were from the same site about one mile south of Exit 1 along I-80 in Kimball Co.
A single was found 28 Jun 2007 and photographed 9-10 Jul; subsequently the presence of a breeding pair there was confirmed 15 Jul with adults feeding fledged young 18 Jul (Mollhoff et al 2008, Mollhoff 2008); the last sighting there was of a single adult 11 Aug.
A single bird was at the same location 22 Jun-5 Jul 2009 (Brogie 2009a).
Another was found 26 Jun 2019 by Ray Korpi and first photographed by Boni Edwards 29 Jun 2019. Two were seen 5-7 Jul (eBird.org), and single birds were reported and photographed by several observers through 17 Jul (eBird.org; Brogie 2020).
At least one was photographed (Edwards, eBird.org) and recorded (Raynor, eBird.org) 19-28 Jun 2021. No evidence of breeding was reported.
There are four additional sightings in Scotts Bluff and Sioux Cos. One was in a yard near Morrill, Scotts Bluff Co 12 Jul 2009, but the sighting was not accepted by the NOURC (Brogie 2009a). Another, seen at Riverside Park, Scottsbluff, 4 Sep 2000 by an experienced observer, was also not accepted by the NOURC (Jorgensen 2002). A calling bird was identified by observers experienced with the species in Colorado in lower Sowbelly Canyon, Sioux Co 20 Jul 2000. One was well-described at Wind Springs Ranch, Sioux Co 4 May 2009.
Comments: There are a number of records in southeast Wyoming and northeast Colorado of Ash-throated Flycatcher (eBird.org, accessed March 2017). The species is an established breeder in extreme southwestern Kansas (Thompson et al 2011). There are no records for South Dakota (Tallman et al 2002; eBird.org accessed 4 Sep 2021) or Iowa (IOU 2018; eBird.org accessed 4 Sep 2021).
A set of eggs collected in Otoe Co 26 Jun 1907 (UNSM ZM8555) and ascribed to Ash-throated Flycatcher is now considered to have been mis-identified and are in fact eggs of Great Crested Flycatcher (Mollhoff 2022).
IOU: Iowa Ornithologists’ Union
NOURC: Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union Records Committee
Brogie, M.A. 2008. 2007 (19th) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 76: 111-119.
Brogie, M.A. 2009. 2009 (21st) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 77: 160-168.
Brogie, M.A. 2020. 2019 (31st) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 88: 124-134.
Iowa Ornithologists’ Union [IOU]. 2018. Ash-throated Flycatcher records. Iowa Records Committee reports of Iowa rare bird records, accessed 30 April 2018.
Jorgensen, J.G. 2002. 2002 (sic; =2000). (12th) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 70: 84-90.
Mollhoff, W.J. 1989. Second report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 57: 42-47.
Mollhoff, W.J. 2008. The 2007 Nebraska nest report. NBR 76: 155-165.
Mollhoff, W.J. 2022. Nest records of Nebraska birds. Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union Occasional Paper Number 9.
Mollhoff, W.J., J. Gubanyi, and M.A. Brogie. 2008. First report of Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) breeding in the Nebraska Panhandle. NBR 76: 32-37.
Pyle, P. 1997. Identification Guide to North American Birds. Part I, Columbidae to Ploceidae. Slate Creek Press, Bolinas, California, USA.
Tallman, D.A., Swanson, D.L., and J.S. Palmer. 2002. Birds of South Dakota. Midstates/Quality Quick Print, Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA.
Thompson, M.C., C.A. Ely, B. Gress, C. Otte, S.T. Patti, D. Seibel, and E.A. Young. 2011. Birds of Kansas. University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA.
Williams, F. 1988. Southern Great Plains Region. American Birds 42: 96-100.
Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen. 2022. Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens). In Birds of Nebraska — Online. www.BirdsofNebraska.org
Birds of Nebraska – Online
Updated 11 Mar 2022