Flycatcher – Flycatcher

After some rainy weather, work commitments and fruitless rides around the property, I actually had a nice day yesterday and saw birds I had been hoping to see, didn’t think I would see and which made me wonder what I had seen.

At the south end of Sham’s Paddock I watched a flycatcher working for a living. I like these birds because they spend some time sitting quietly, often in an open space like a fence top and therefore they make good models for an aspiring photographer. Then, after evaluating the situation for minutes, they make their move, flit off, perhaps hover just inches from the ground, and hopefully nab that insect they were apparently watching for a while. That little show makes the wait completely worth it.

What I have learned is that there are several Flycatcher species that tend to look – if not similar – nearly identical to each other. And, while I have felt that I could rely on maps which delineated the breeding areas, it turns out that the local birders tell me that they have seen a specific species sometimes hundreds of miles beyond the limits published on the maps. For that reason, I am merely going to post the images of this lovely little spirit, and ask the experts to weigh in. And, while they are at it, I’m going to add a couple other birds at the bottom of the page that I’m unable to confirm.

This is the first flycatcher species I observed on August 30, 2020.

Here’s the second flycatcher species, which I suspect might be an Eastern Wood Pewee or it could be the same species as the previous bird in this post. However, it seems larger and doesn’t appear to have any light eye ring and the one above has that characteristic, at least in a couple of the shots. Perhaps that is just the lighting. I consider myself a Birding Blastula. So, I need help!

I wonder if this next bird is a female Indigo Bunting, as I was hearing their song quite a bit in the area I shot this photo.

Unknown little, brown bird

Here’s a silhouette for the experts. Who is perched atop this young, oak tree?

I’m guessing this is an Eastern Phoebe (all black bill), but to be honest when I first saw it I thought it was a Mockingbird, then immediately changed my mind when I enlarged the image. However, I think I felt that way because the bird seemed quite a bit bigger than a Phoeb. The yellow hue of the underbelly probably suggests it’s a young, E Phoebe.

The final “what’s this” entry for this post is this little bird. I would have typically simply said that it’s a Song Sparrow. But, I’m now aware that there may be birds migrating through that I’m not familiar with and I’m just making sure!

I also saw and filmed the elusive male Blue Grosbeak yesterday. I will create a unique post to display those images.

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