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The verditer flycatcher is an Old World flycatcher widespread in Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent, especially in the Lower Himalaya.

Scientific name: Eumyias thalassinus,

 

This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence 30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

Los Quetzales National Park, Costa Rica

White Head Island

2017-05-20

An over the shoulder look from an Acadian Flycatcher. These species (Empidonax) are much to difficult for me to ID, but fortunately this one called a few times and we were able to match up the calls to confirm the ID.

Not the most artistic image in the world, but a good look at a species that I don't see often, or at least can't CONFIRM often.

Southern NJ 2017

Willow flycatchers are common nesters at Cardinal Marsh, where there are acres and acres of shrubby willows for them to choose from. They are larger than least flycatchers and have a flatter forehead. Also note there is no distinct white ring around this bird's eye. They call out "fitz-bew".

The Ash-throated Flycatcher - at least around here - seems to come and go by year. 2012 and 2016 were great years for this beauty: other years I can go without seeing any. Almost all of my shots are of the ATF perched on barbed wire, probably because they hunt the grasses in the adjacent fields. I'm still hoping for one on a tree in the same fields.

To conclude my review of the year, it has to be the fabulous Red-breasted Flycatcher.

 

I had never seen a Red-breasted Flycatcher before this year and saw my first in Shetland in June. Just tantalising glimpses of a juvenile/female. Then in September, I managed my first shots of another juvenile/female at Flamborough Head whilst in Yorkshire for the weekend. At the time I was pretty pleased with that. Then on 22 October came news of this stunning male rather closer to home. It spent 7 days at Beachy Head.

 

Sussex has hosted three other birds this autumn that previously I had only managed record shots of. A Barred Warbler at Seafod Head showed well if briefly on 28 September and a Tundra Bean Goose was on the Adur for 9 days from 5 December before moving onto to Climping and last but certainly not least the fabulous Rough-legged Buzzard remains at Jevington where it was first reported on 9 November 2014.

 

My favourite images from 2014 can be seen here

A spectacular and distinctive flycatcher, the bright red Vermilion Flycatcher inhabits riparian areas and scrub in the southwestern United States and southward. It perches conspicuously, making periodic flights to nab insect prey.

 

The male Vermilion Flycatcher often seeks to initiate copulation by delivering a butterfly or other showy insect to the female.

 

The oldest recorded Vermillion Flycatcher was a male, and at least 4 years, 6 months old when he was shot in Mexico in 1972, the same country where he had been banded.

  

(Nikon 300mm + TC 1.7, 1/500 @ f8, ISO 200)

 

Thank You, Dianne and Julia, for Identifying this Bird !!

Blue-fronted Redstart (Phoenicurus frontalis), Qinghai, China

 

Ebird checklist:

ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37979612

 

The blue-fronted redstart (Phoenicurus frontalis) is a species of bird in the family Muscicapidae, the Old World flycatchers. It breeds in central China and the Himalayas (where it winters in the southern foothills, as well as in Yunnan, Northeast India and northern Southeast Asia). Its natural habitat is temperate forests. The female is brownish-grey, with paler underparts.

 

Source: Wikipedia

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue-fronted_redstart

Sometimes for months on end, you don't see anything but the same birds, and you start wondering if it is the migration, the weather, or something else that's screwing up the mojo. And then you see a flick of a tail, the puffed out chest with his best bib and tucker (or maybe a Packard), and you forget about what might be, and take a lot of pleasure in seeing an old friend. In this case, mine is the Black Phoebe. And I'm so lucky that at the top of my favorites list inhabits the west coast and is a resident. So I can go out almost any day, and there will be at least one of them. This guy's a flycatcher, and has the wonderful habit of fying to and from one perch and allowing me to get some pretty good shots of him (or her). Today, between storms, a black phoebe was flitting between the roof of a utility building and my fence post. I'm beginning to think I know him. The Black Phoebe may be plain, but as I said last week, it may be an oxymoron, but he's plainly beautiful.

 

He's no Painted Bunting, Roadrunner, Grosbeak, or even a Steller's Jay. But he's got personality, and he lightens up the cloudiest day. I saved this shot, my last of 2016, and it's time to share him with you especially the 90% of the country that doesn't have such good fortune.

Boggy Bottoms, Ohio

12 May 2017

This cute little flycatcher has a large round head and a distinct white eye ring. It calls out "che-bek". They might nest here in northeastern Iowa woodlands but more likely move a ways further north.

Enjoying its meal.

Once again in and out light type of a day. When does the Sun go in When the action starts lol.

Cool Facts

The Red-headed Woodpecker is one of only four North American woodpeckers known to store food, and it is the only one known to cover the stored food with wood or bark. It hides insects and seeds in cracks in wood, under bark, in fenceposts, and under roof shingles. Grasshoppers are regularly stored alive, but wedged into crevices so tightly that they cannot escape.

Red-headed Woodpeckers are fierce defenders of their territory. They may remove the eggs of other species from nests and nest boxes, destroy other birds’ nests, and even enter duck nest boxes and puncture the duck eggs.

The Red-headed Woodpecker benefited from the chestnut blight and Dutch elm disease outbreaks of the twentieth century. Though these diseases devastated trees they provided many nest sites and foraging opportunities for the woodpeckers.

The striking Red-headed Woodpecker has earned a place in human culture. Cherokee Indians used the species as a war symbol, and it makes an appearance in Longfellow’s epic poem The Song of Hiawatha, telling how a grateful Hiawatha gave the bird its red head in thanks for its service.

The Red-headed Woodpecker has many nicknames, including half-a-shirt, shirt-tail bird, jellycoat, flag bird, and the flying checker-board.

Pleistocene-age fossils of Red-headed Woodpeckers—up to 2 million years old—have been unearthed in Florida, Virginia, and Illinois.

The Red-headed Woodpecker was the “spark bird” (the bird that starts a person’s interest in birds) of legendary ornithologist Alexander Wilson in the 1700s.

The oldest Red-headed Woodpecker on record was banded in 1926 in Michigan and lived to be at least 9 years, 11 months old.

Habitat

 

Open Woodland

Red-headed Woodpeckers breed in deciduous woodlands with oak or beech, groves of dead or dying trees, river bottoms, burned areas, recent clearings, beaver swamps, orchards, parks, farmland, grasslands with scattered trees, forest edges, and roadsides. During the start of the breeding season they move from forest interiors to forest edges or disturbed areas. Wherever they breed, dead (or partially dead) trees for nest cavities are an important part of their habitat. In the northern part of their winter range, they live in mature stands of forest, especially oak, oak-hickory, maple, ash, and beech. In the southern part, they live in pine and pine-oak. They are somewhat nomadic; in a given location they can be common one year and absent the next.

 

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Food

 

Omnivore

Red-headed Woodpeckers eat insects, fruits, and seeds. Overall, they eat about one-third animal material (mostly insects) and two-thirds plant material. Their insect diet includes beetles, cicadas, midges, honeybees, and grasshoppers. They are one of the most skillful flycatchers among the North American woodpeckers (their closest competition is the Lewis’s Woodpecker). They typically catch aerial insects by spotting them from a perch on a tree limb or fencepost and then flying out to grab them. Red-headed Woodpeckers eat seeds, nuts, corn, berries and other fruits; they sometimes raid bird nests to eat eggs and nestlings; they also eat mice and occasionally adult birds. They forage on the ground and up to 30 feet above the forest floor in summer, whereas in the colder months they forage higher in the trees. In winter Red-headed Woodpeckers catch insects on warm days, but they mostly eat nuts such as acorns, beech nuts, and pecans. Red-headed Woodpeckers cache food by wedging it into crevices in trees or under shingles on houses. They store live grasshoppers, beech nuts, acorns, cherries, and corn, often shifting each item from place to place before retrieving and eating it during the colder months.

 

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Nesting

Nesting Facts

 

Clutch Size

3–10 eggs

Number of Broods

1-2 broods

Egg Length

1 in

2.5 cm

Egg Width

0.7 in

1.9 cm

Incubation Period

12–14 days

Nestling Period

24–31 days

Egg Description

Pure white.

Condition at Hatching

Naked, with eyes closed.

Nest Description

 

Both partners help build the nest, though the male does most of the excavation. He often starts with a crack in the wood, digging out a gourd-shaped cavity usually in 12–17 days. The cavity is about 3–6 inches across and 8–16 inches deep. The entrance hole is about 2 inches in diameter.

 

Nest Placement

  

Cavity

The male selects a site for a nest hole; the female may tap around it, possibly to signal her approval. They nest in dead trees or dead parts of live trees—including pines, maples, birches, cottonwoods, and oaks—in fields or open forests with little vegetation on the ground. They often use snags that have lost most of their bark, creating a smooth surface that may deter snakes. Red-headed Woodpeckers may also excavate holes in utility poles, live branches, or buildings. They occasionally use natural cavities. Unlike many woodpeckers, Red-headed Woodpeckers often reuse a nest cavity several years in a row.

 

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Behavior

 

Flycatching

Red-headed Woodpeckers climb up tree trunks and main limbs like other woodpeckers, often staying still for long periods. They are strong fliers with fairly level flight compared to most woodpeckers. They often catch insects on the wing. Prospective mates play “hide and seek” with each other around dead stumps and telephone poles, and once mated they may stay together for several years. Both males and females perform aggressive bobbing displays by pointing their heads forward, drooping their wings, and holding their tails up at an angle. They are territorial during the breeding season and often aggressive and solitary during the winter. Red-headed Woodpeckers are quick to pick fights with many other bird species, including the pushy European Starling and the much bigger Pileated Woodpecker. Their predators include snakes, foxes, raccoons, flying squirrels, Cooper’s Hawks, Peregrine Falcons, and Eastern Screech-Owls.

 

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Conservation

status via IUCN

Near Threatened

Red-headed Woodpeckers declined by over 2% per year from 1966 to 2014, resulting in a cumulative decline of 70%, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 1.2 million, with 99% spending part of the year in the U.S., and 1% in Canada. The species rates a 13 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score. Red-headed Woodpecker is on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List, which lists bird species that are at risk of becoming threatened or endangered without conservation action. The species is also listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List. These woodpeckers were common to abundant in the nineteenth century, probably because the continent had more mature forests with nut crops and dead trees. They were so common that orchard owners and farmers used to pay a bounty for them, and in 1840 Audubon reported that 100 were shot from a single cherry tree in one day. In the early 1900s, Red-headed Woodpeckers followed crops of beech nuts in northern beech forests that are much less extensive today. At the same time, the great chestnut blight killed virtually all American chestnut trees and removed another abundant food source. Red-headed Woodpeckers may now be more attuned to acorn abundance than to beech nuts. Though the species was common in towns and cities a century ago, it began declining in urban areas as people started felling dead trees and trimming branches. After the loss of nut-producing trees, perhaps the biggest factor limiting Red-headed Woodpeckers is the availability of dead trees in their open-forest habitats. Management programs that create and maintain snags and dead branches may help Red-headed Woodpeckers. Although they readily excavate nests in utility poles, a study found that eggs did not hatch and young did not fledge when the birds nested in newer poles (3–4 years old), possibly because of the creosote used to preserve them. In the middle twentieth century Red-headed Woodpeckers were quite commonly hit by cars as the birds foraged for aerial insects along roadsides.

Least Flycatchers (I think) at John Heinz

Family: Tyrannidae.

 

Flycatchers got their name from their habit of catching flying insects in midair. Nearly all species feed this way; some also eat berries. Most Flycatchers are drab and have short, broad, flattened bills. Plumage and structure can be so similar among species within the various genera that voice is the primary field mark.

 

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America

This picture has been taken from Simon's Seat, at the top of Barden Fell in the Yorkshire Dales, providing a view of Drebley, towards south-east.

 

The total walk from the Cavendish Pavilion in the Bolton Abbey through the Valley of Desolation is 20 km making an ascent to 435m. Simon's Seat is at an elevation of 485m from sea-level. These summits offer a grandstand view over a large part of the Yorkshire Dales. The return is via Howgill from where the Dales Way is followed back to the start passing the dramatic waters of the Strid. The total walk-time is 7-8 hours at medium pace.

 

One is likely to see the Red Grouse, Stonechats, Cuckoos, Dippers, Meadow Pippits, Pied Flycatchers, Pied Wagtails, Redstarts, Common Pheasants, Goosanders, Mallards and Hen Harriers during the course of walk in sheer wilderness.

 

One is also likely to stay in bed at least for three days after this walk!

God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches you by means of opposites, so that you will have two wings to fly - not one. -- RUMI

  

This picture has been taken from Simon's Seat, at the top of Barden Fell in the Yorkshire Dales, providing a view of Upper Wharfdale, towards North-east.

 

The total walk from the Cavendish Pavilion in the Bolton Abbey through the Valley of Desolation is 20 km making an ascent to 435m. Simon's Seat is at an elevation of 485m from sea-level. These summits offer a grandstand view over a large part of the Yorkshire Dales. The return is via Howgill from where the Dales Way is followed back to the start passing the dramatic waters of the Strid. The total walk-time is 7-8 hours at medium pace.

 

One is likely to see Red Grouse, Stonechats, Cuckoos, Dippers, Meadow Pippits, Pied Flycatchers, Pied Wagtails, Redstarts, Common Pheasants, Goosanders, Mallards and Hen Harriers during the course of walk in sheer wilderness.

 

One is also likely to stay in bed at least for three days after this walk!

Good morning everyone. I'm pleased to present today a new bird for yours truly. Being a Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus).

 

While trying to photograph hummingbirds feeding at a trumpet vine growing on the trunk of large pin oak this bird made an unexpected appearance. It perched nearby just briefly, but since I had the camera set for "continuous shooting" I was able to get three quick shots off before it flew away, of which the above is the best.

 

Unfortunately it was a long ways off at the time, at least 50 feet or more, so I had to crop this pic quite a bit. The good news is, it perched at about eye level and out in the open.

 

When I saw the bird I immediately thought "flycatcher" because of its lemon-yellow breast coloring, but wasn't sure at first because of the bird's large size.

 

The Great Crested Flycatcher is a large bird for a flycatcher with fairly long and lean proportions. Overall length is between 6.7 - 8.3 inches (17 - 21 cm) with a wing span of 13.4 inches (34 cm). And despite its name, this bird’s crest is not especially prominent, or in many cases as seen above, all but non-existent.

 

Great Crested Flycatcher is a common bird in summer of deciduous woodlands in the eastern half of the United States and southern Canada. Although considered common, its habit of hunting high in the tree canopy means it’s not particularly conspicuous. More often it's heard, not seen. The best way to describe it is a bird of the treetops where it's a sit-and-wait predator of large insects such as cicadas. It spends very little time on the ground, and does not hop or walk. It prefers to fly from place to place when on the ground rather than walk.

 

Thank you for stopping by...and I hope you're having a truly nice week.

 

Lacey

 

ISO1600, aperture f/6.3, exposure .001 seconds (1/800) focal length 450mm

   

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