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June 22, 2013 / Leslie

Weekend Birding: Great Crested Flycatcher

The Great Crested Flycatcher is another fairly common North American bird that is rarely seen but often heard. They spend much of their time perched in treetops and prefer to fly from place to place rather than walk or hop on the ground.

This is a bird that is seldom in range of my camera and usually hiding behind some leaves. I found this bird a few blocks from my house at the local park. Just as I entered the trail I heard him call, looked up and there he was!

Great Crested Flycatcher

The Great Crested Flycatchers are migratory birds and spend their winters in the Yucatan Peninsula and the West Indies south into the tropics of South America. In the summer they return to southeastern Canada, the Midwest and eastern US states down through Florida.


Saturday Snapshot was originated by Alyce at At Home With Books. For the summer it will be hosted by Melinda of West Metro Mommy. Visit her blog to see more great photos or add your own.

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  1. Brona / Jun 22 2013 3:42 am

    I love his little crest of feathers – makes him look quite rakish!!


  2. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea / Jun 22 2013 5:55 am

    How awesome – not sure I’ve ever seen one of these.


    • Leslie / Jun 22 2013 11:33 am

      I never saw one until I went on a few birding field trips and someone pointed out the call and the bird. Now I can find them!


  3. Beth F / Jun 22 2013 6:04 am

    Awesome capture! I rarely spot them.


  4. postingfornow / Jun 22 2013 6:44 am

    Great photo. I love the shades of green.


  5. laurelrainsnow / Jun 22 2013 8:51 am

    What a journey! Thanks for sharing the lovely photo and facts. Enjoy your weekend, and here’s MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST


  6. Bellezza / Jun 22 2013 10:01 am

    I wish I could identify birds other than robins and red winged blackbirds! Thanks for teaching me along with your lovely photograph.


    • Leslie / Jun 22 2013 11:32 am

      Robins and blackbirds are a good place to start though. I didn’t get good at the more elusive birds until I starting going on field trips with the local bird club. The more experienced members were very helpful with lots of tips on locating and ID-ing the birds.


  7. brokencookiesdontcount / Jun 22 2013 10:04 am

    You always make me smile with your bird photos, Leslie! Love this one. Have a great day!


  8. Arti / Jun 22 2013 10:58 am

    I think we have the Flycatcher in our area, SW Alberta. But I don’t recall the specific kind. Glad you can ID his calls first. I’d most likely not recognize him by his call, or even by sight. Thanks for showing me this very close-up photo. I’ll keep my eyes peeled. 😉


    • Leslie / Jun 22 2013 11:22 am

      The Great Crested is an eastern bird so you probably won’t see him. I know the Olive-sided Flycatcher breeds in the western coniferous forests and look similar from a distance. I only see those during migration. There are lots of Flycatchers so I’m sure you have some that I don’t even know about!


      • Arti / Jun 22 2013 7:53 pm

        A birding group just came back and they saw 10 Least Flycatchers. Not as colourful as yours here.


  9. WordsAndPeace / Jun 22 2013 12:46 pm

    you are so good at spotting those rare birds!


    • Leslie / Jun 22 2013 1:34 pm

      Thanks, but it’s probably because I spend way too much time looking for them.


  10. Suko / Jun 22 2013 1:03 pm

    Another gorgeous shot!


  11. BermudaOnion / Jun 22 2013 4:04 pm

    What a handsome bird!


  12. irene / Jun 22 2013 9:10 pm

    It seems like such a long way for them to fly, but he is gorgeous. Bravo for you lucky shot.


  13. mdott922 / Jun 22 2013 9:11 pm

    Great shot!


  14. gautami tripathy / Jun 22 2013 9:49 pm

    Wonderful shot!

    Here is my snapshot post


  15. joyweesemoll / Jun 22 2013 10:22 pm

    Terrific shot! A new bird to me!



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