Wildlife Week: Flycatchers, Tufted Titmice, Chickadees

Last post I talked about some of the more common animals we’re seeing around our new spot in the yard. This post covers the ones (all birds this time) that either we’d never noticed or never identified.

I’ll start with what we found in that birdhouse. And ok, well, this was actually by our old spot in the yard. But still, hey, look, photos! ;-)

Great Crested Flycatcher

This one was a new one for us. We’ve known someone was making a home in that birdhouse, but we didn’t know who. It was only by some amazing bit of luck that one landed on the chair outside my RV office window one day and I had a camera close enough to photograph it. It took awhile, but I finally identified it as a Great Crested Flycatcher.

The other day, I was surprised again to be able to get a second photo. If they’re not taking care of babies, they’re rarely around. According to the website, they tend to hang out in treetops.

Not sure why she decided to pick a place so close to the ground for her nest, but lucky for us she did! And of course once we realized someone was nesting there, we couldn’t resist taking a peek. The photos you see below were taken ten days apart. Babies sure grow up fast, don’t they?

We were also lucky enough to be around when these little guys left the nest! It was the coolest thing to watch. Mom would come up to the entrance with some kind of food in her mouth, lure the baby to the entrance, then start to give it the food, only to snatch it back and fly away. “If you want it, you have to come get it!”

Tufted Titmouse

The Tufted Titmouse was the first bird to discover our bird feeder. These birds seem to hang out in groups of six or more. One will show up and call the others over. Some days we have entire swarms of them fighting for space in the bird feeder, often attacking any other bird that tries to share. (Although really, neither the wrens or the cardinals usually seem terribly impressed.)

This was actually the bird that first got us interested in identifying birds. We had no idea what they were, and were starting to get tired of calling them Chicken Boo. (It’s the eyes…)

The website says they like to line their nests with hair, sometimes plucked directly from live animals. That’s… probably a useful thing for us longhairs to know…

Carolina Chickadee

The Carolina Chickadees hang out with the Tufted Titmouse flocks. Although the Titmice (yes, that is the proper plural) will often chase them away from the feeder, they just wait their turn and come back. They hang out in flocks as well, although we usually don’t see more than two or three at a time.

We had no idea what these were at first either. I thought they might be some kind of oddly-colored wren. Beautiful, beautiful birds. I don’t know that the photos really do them justice.

One more post in this series coming up. Along with a few photos of some very rarely seen (much more often heard) animals, I have some of what I think are my favorite of all of the bird photos I’ve ever taken!

Catetory: Wildlife

One Response to Wildlife Week: Flycatchers, Tufted Titmice, Chickadees

  1. Sharon says:

    Wow! I love the shots of the baby birds. I saw a Flycatcher one time in my yard just passing through. I wish I could keep some of them around. Very pretty birds.

    My feeder mostly attracts cardinals, wrens, chickadees and titmice. I also get some Red-Bellied Woodpeckers. Tip: put out unsalted, shelled, roasted peanuts. They love ‘em! :-)

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