Saturday, June 16, 2012

Camera Critters #219

I have often received emails announcing the arrival of rare birds in our area.  Sometimes I am in a position to go ‘chase’ the bird and add it to my life list.  Most of the time I can only wish I could chase.

Well, earlier this month, I was watching a number of birds hop around the elm and pine trees next door.  Grabbing my camera, I began shooting. 

Most of the birds in the trees were common birds often seen in my area.  Those birds include Western Tanagers, Orange-crowned Warblers (I have never seen the crown), White-crowned Sparrows and a number of other species.

After taking more than 200 photos of the birds, I began looking at the variety.  One bird in particular confused me.  I knew it was in the flycatcher family, but just couldn’t nail down an identification.

So I sent it to an area expert and got back a identification.

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Willow Flycatcher

The Willow Flycatcher is considered a rare bird for my area during the spring and summer.  In the fall, the bird is considered uncommon.  However, it is sometimes seen as it migrates through the area on its way to breeding grounds.

Misty Dawn’s Camera Critter Meme is a great way see critters the world over. Go to the homepage here to see more. Then join the fun and add your own.

7 comments:

Betty Roan said...

Nice shot!

Misty Dawn said...

It's a beautiful little bird!

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