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Monday, July 13, 2009
Here's a really common visitor to our back yard, and to the open spaces of most of the northeast. It's the Eastern Kingbird, a flycatcher. Its name isn't Tyrannus tyrannus for nothing. They are known for their aggressive behavior toward other birds.
Flycatchers have slight crests. Not like a blue jay or cardinal, but you can see that its head isn't exactly round. They also have slight "whiskers." That narrow white band on its tail is another easy distinguishing mark. You are very likely to see them on fenceposts and wires, surveying the fields. The sound the make is a buzzy "dzzzt."
They swoop through the air catching insects. This is a lousy picture, but it shows a very typical silhouette for this bird- handy for identification.
This is a view more typical of lots of birds, but the focus is really good, and you can see its underparts.
See Northern Oriole- A Lucky Shot
P.S. The picture service I signed up with is having a lot of problems. I couldn't link to larger pictures tonight. If they don't get things sorted out, I guess I'll have to find something else. They've been down more than up since I started with them.