Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

A cute male Scissor-Tail sitting on the power line.
 The females' tails are not quite this long.




 
Bursting into song. To play their burbling voice, aptly described 'like a puppy playing with a squeak toy', click here.



 
 Cute little tough guy.

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

151 comments:

NatureFootstep said...

this is a flycatcher I would love to see. I only glimpsed it once from inside a bus. :(

HOOTIN ANNI said...

...they are so elegant and so attractive!! Great images Ms. T

AGATA AGATUSZKA said...

Hello strange it is that they are not afraid of that.

Arija said...

What a tale of a tail . . . I wonder why he needs such a long one.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Such a remarkable tail! A beautiful rare bird to grace the power line.

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

lovely tail. if i said that to a human i'd probably be slapped.

a bird after my 'Tell Tale Heart' Edgar Allen Poe.

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I always love it when they look right into the camera:@)

Kerri Farley said...

Oh, he is so handsome! What a tail!

Country Gal said...

Nice shots , I have never seen one before , Pretty !

Catherine said...

That is one fantastic tail!!
xo Catherine

Molly The Wally said...

How cute and that is one long tail for sure. Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly

Jacquelineand.... said...

Oh he is stunning; gorgeous even! When I listened to the flycatcher's song I burst out laughing so hard tears rolled down my face... that sounds JUST like our new puppy, Geraldo, aka Squeaker. LOL, I'm still laughing!

Kate said...

Enjoyed both the photos and the sound track.

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Beate said...

Beautiful shots of an amazing bird :) Love his long tail!

Primitive Stars said...

Wonderful pictures of the Scissor Tail, what an amazing looking bird, Francine.

Laura. M said...

Very handsome ... Great series;)

valerietilsten59.blogspot.com said...

A beautiful bird, with a distinctive trill.
listening to its trill.. It indeed does remind one of the little squeeky toys babies have.
Great photos Tex.
wishing you a happy week.
val

valerietilsten59.blogspot.com said...

A beautiful bird, with a distinctive trill.
listening to its trill.. It indeed does remind one of the little squeeky toys babies have.
Great photos Tex.
wishing you a happy week.
val

Stewart M said...

Great looking bird - that is a special looking tail.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Revrunner said...

Thanks for the link!

joeh said...

Well named.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

WOW the tail is almost as long as the body LOL. Cool bird!

Cranberry Morning said...

What a long tail! I guess it helps him balance on that tightrope. Thanks for including the clip of the bird song. It does sound like a squeaky toy. What a fun song!

Dicky Bird said...

Neat, I've never seen one of these. Cool!

Sketchbook Wandering said...

WOW, WOW WOW, you continue to amaze me with the variety of wonders that you find & share! That tail, I am speechless so I just leave you with WOW! And thank you.

Lynne said...

What a site . . . I sure do love seeing what you bring into my view each morning!

Timi said...

WOW! His tale is as long as the Magpie's...

messymimi said...

He's fascinating looking -- i wonder what purpose that long tail serves. This is another i'll have to look up, i learn so much here!@

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Neat bird! Wonder what the purpose of the longer than normal tail feathers!

DJan said...

I wonder if those tail feathers are ever a problem for him? They sure are long! Great pictures, Tex. He's a cute little guy. :-)

William Kendall said...

Neat little bird!

Halcyon said...

They are the state bird of Oklahoma, but I've only ever seen them in Texas. ;)

Pix Under the Oaks said...

He is a cutie! I love Cornell!!!

Blackberry Lane said...

Great photos and I enjoyed listening to their song (if nothing else, just to bother my sleeping kitty gang!!! lol)

Sandra said...

they look and sound so happy and the first sound is just like cooper used to squeak his toys... there tail is longer than their body...have not seen one in real life...they look like the circus guys balancing with a rod.

Sharon Wagner said...

That is an amazing tail!

Judy said...

It does sound like a squeak toy, love the long tail.

Beth @ "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

love that long tail. too cool!! thank you for all your sweet comments ... you are the bestest!!

i have been away on a camping adventure. & now just getting back to replying & talking to you guys again. hope you are well. ( ;

Mary said...

That's a great looking bird, love that long tail. They must look pretty cool in flight.

Randy said...

That's one long tail. Almost reminds me of the Magpie.

Fly Girl said...

What beautiful shots! That bird is so cute, what does he use such a long tail for?

Fly Girl said...

What beautiful shots! That bird is so cute, what does he use such a long tail for?

Julia said...

I love the long tail. I've never seen this type of flycatcher before but there are some down south of us.
Thanks
Hugs,
JB

José Mendonça said...

Look at that tail! What a lovely bird.

Montanagirl said...

Wow - great shots, Theresa! That's quite a rudder he has. I went and listened: they really do sound like a squeaky toy!

marilyn said...

oh my gosh....this is one I never get to see and it's posing for you, no less...just beautiful

ellen abbott said...

I have seen them around here but not lately.

Karen said...

Now that's a tail! It's amazing he can stay balanced. I had a fit of laughter when I heard his song. It does sound like a dog's squeaky toy.

Irma said...

Beautiful shots of an amazing bird.
I've never seen this type of flycatcher.
Greetings Irma

Felicia said...

so pretty and graceful, singing his heart out.

DIMI said...

What a beautiful bird Tex! I have never seen one before!Great shots and captures!!
Dimi...

Gail Dixon said...

Oh my gosh, he is magnificent! I tried to photograph this bird while living in Texas and could not capture one. Always too high on the line and flew away the moment I approached. Miss these guys as we don't have them here.

Debby Ray said...

Wow...I don't think I've ever seen one of those before. That long tail looks like it would weigh him down! He's beautiful!

Janey and Co. said...

I tried my darnedest to get a picture of one the other day. He would not cooperate! Love the shot where he is singing!

LV said...

He knows what he is doing. Found a perfect spot to sit and sing to the world without interruption. You do an amazing job with your photos.

don said...

He's a fine subject for this series. Not only is he beautiful with that impressive tail, but he has a great sounding song.

Marissa said...

Love the fly-catcher bird. I see so many here its unreal.
your photos really capture their beauty.
mine are so blurry.

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos of a wonderfully handsome bird

Bob Bushell said...

Well, I put up a bird with long tail, and it was also standing on wire, can you believe it???????????????

Lynn said...

I giggled at his name then I saw him, WOW what an amazing bird and a funny chirp it is quite like a dog with a squeaky toy.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I haven't seen a Scissor-Tail in years!! How fun! Great blue skies, too! Oh, thanks for letting me know about Bloggers pain for the morning, I think I have it fixed????

Karen S. said...

Wow, quite impressive!

barbara l. hale said...

Greg was so disappointed that we didn't see any of these on our Texas trip. Almost as disappointed as I was about the Whistlers. But I think we were there at the wrong time of the year. He is a pretty magnificent looking bird with a nice voice.

Terry and Linda said...

What a beautiful bird!!!

¸.-♥´¨)Linda
http://coloradofarmlife@wordpress.com

Debbie said...

WoW-zers, awesome images!! And that beautiful blue sky provides the perfect backdrop!!

bj said...

my goodness but you find a lot of birds...I need to get out more...:)

Paula said...

I like to watch this bird. We have them here too. You presented some nice photos of them.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful bird.

Andrew Fulton said...

What a stunning bird... lovely images

cobie en bas van Es said...

hij heeft daar een mooi plekje hij kan alles heel goed over zien.

DeniseinVA said...

I've never seen one. Great shots!

Helma said...

What a wonderful bird is Theresa!
And what a huge long tail, this bird!
Great to see :-)

Chandra said...

I have never seen these birds and now I have to read-up on them. Thanks for making me curious and sharing your joy with all of us.
Peace :)

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Tex wow. I have never heard or seen this bird and I cannot get over how long its tail is. All great shots. I have another post for your meme with even more similar shots so I will stick with that. Thanks for your comment.

Barb Brookbank said...

wow! that's amazing!

Łucja-Maria said...

Lovely bird. He surprised me very long tail.
Greetings.

Kristi Bowman said...

Beautiful Flycatcher!! I saw a variety of Flycatcher this week too, a Western Wood Pewee. They are such cute birds!

Farm Girl said...

I would sit on my Dad's porch and watch those lovely birds. I really enjoyed watching them. You have such nice birds.

edenhills said...

That tail is very impressive!

Life happens said...

That tail is longer than the body. :)

S. J. Qualls said...

Pretty bird! Must not be around here, have never seen or heard.

Frank said...

Fabulous Flycatcher. Just love those streamers.

Mary Cromer said...

WOW what an incredible looking bird, Theresa...wonderful share!

Phil Slade said...

What an EXTRAordinary tail that flycatcher has. It looks almost unreal, like someone has glued a little extra on the end of an already long tail.

Gail said...

We do not see these often but when I do, it takes my breathe away. They are the most magnificent birds.

The photographer ain't bad either!

Rain falls here, now!!!

Marit Sønstebø said...

What a cute bird! Really long tail :-)

Robin Lamb said...

T, Wow, great capture! I've never seen one of those before. I sure has a tail!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Cute birds. That tail is amazing.

Alica said...

I learn something new all the time on your blog. Love that song! And if it catches flies like it's name implies, what a bonus!

RedPat said...

Wow - what a bird!! Great pics, Tex!

mick said...

A great series of photos -that bird has an amazing tail!

Melissa said...

Oooo...what a pretty tail!

Karen said...

Wonderful photos, he has such a long tail, and a unique voice-exactly like a puppy playing with a squeaky toy.

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

This is one bird I have never seen, but would definitely love to. xo Laura

Our photos said...

Well, that IS a long tail

Leovi said...

What beautiful pictures, which pretty bird!

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous!

eileeninmd said...

Tex, lucky you! This bird is high on my want to see list.. They are lovely.. Great shots!

Tanya Breese said...

i've never heard of these and what long tails they have!!

Stephen Hayes said...

He looks awfully proud of that tale. It's only a matter of time until a female gives him the nod.

Susan said...

A graceful long tail. Love his song too - thanks for the link... definitely like a puppy with a squeaky toy!! :D)

Brian King said...

The tails on these guys are fantastic! Great shots!

Stephanie Faris said...

That is a LONNNNNG tail. That bird has some junk in his trunk. Sorry--had to be cheesy!

Red said...

This guy was very obliging by sitting and let you take lots of photos. He also sang for you too!

Munir said...

Oh my goodness, what an appropriate name.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I thought I was seeing things the first time I saw this bird. In Texas of course. Thanks for posting them.

michaelswoodcraft said...

What a beautiful bird, we don't have these in South Carolina! Nice series of shots :)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Our flycatchers are smaller than this--A reminder that everything really is bigger in Texas! :-)

Marie said...

So absolutely gorgeous! I just love them so much! You got so many great photos, Theresa!

I am having trouble linking into WWWed but hope you will come by and see my Painted Redstart. Have a great week!

Sandy Carlson said...

I love your high-wire rock star!

thirtysevenandcounting said...

This is a new one for me. I agree with the description of their call!
Very nice series!

~Lindy

Stephanie said...

A very attractive bird.

Paul said...

Nice find, real nice group of pictures! These long tailed birds must be interesting to see in flight also.

I can't help but wonder what the Good Lord had in mind when he designed the Scissor-Tailed Flycatchers?

SquirrelQueen said...

Oh my gosh, they do sound like a squeaky toy. He has the cutest face.

Deb said...

I love them...I saw one yesterday when I was sitting at a light...no camera...so I just enjoyed watching it fly around...love your photos...

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
That is quite a lengthy but beautiful tail!
Hugs,
Mariette

Patty Woodland said...

I've not seen one of them. Pretty little bird

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Those tails ARE long! You caught some great shots. I've never seen one of these "in person."

Rita said...

He knows he is elegantly handsome--despite the squeak toy song. ;)

Linda R said...

He is one good looking bird. Awesome snaps my friend.

Hugs~

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

What a beautiful bird.. :-)))

Crissi said...

They are so elegant
bye-bye Crissi

A Quiet Corner said...

I love all the flycatchers...their swooping, diving, skimming!!!...:)JP

Dział Przyrody MŚO said...

Beautiful bird! It has a amazing tail :-) Fantastic series of photos.

Ron said...

Nice shots of the scissor tail. We don't see very many of those up this way.

Gary Phillips said...

Great tail on this pair!! Boom, Bobbi, and Gary.

Anvilcloud said...

The tale of the tail.

Jeevan said...

Wonderful photo series on the pretty long tailed bird!! Beautiful

Rose said...

Their tail always amazes me...I don't see how they maneuver with it but probably helps more than I can imagine.

bailey-road.com said...

What a beautiful bird. I imagine that long tail is of some special use to this bird.

Nette Cecilia said...

That tail, oh ,very nice bird ,Nette

Becca said...

Well, isn't he just the cutest thing, squeaking away!
Thanks for the link, it was fun to hear what he sounds like!

Black Jack's Carol said...

Just what you want. Another comment and late at that :) Love this little fellow and really enjoyed the link to the "puppy squeak" imitation. Wow. I would be very excited to hear that sound here.

Hilary said...

Oh what a lovely bird. But don't you at least mentally have the urge to give that tail a flick with your forefinger to see if he'll just spin around that wire? ;) Wheeeeeeeee!

pattisjarrett said...

Aw, what a cutie!

Fjällripan said...

Wow, such a beautiful bird! So elegant with the long tail! :))

Margie said...

Cute is right! Amazing how balanced considering that loooooong tail.

Roan said...

Would love it if one of these landed in front of my camera! They do sound like a squeaky toy.

Christian Perrin said...

What a fabulous little show off this guy is! I followed the link to hear the song and the puppy description is perfect! Thanks for sharing - now I have another bird to see on my Global 'hit list' :)

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Is it true that they use their tails to cut horse flies into much more manageable bites?

Linda said...

Wow, that's quite a tail!

Ida said...

Darling bird and that tail is impressive.

bettyl-NZ said...

I've never heard of this bird but it sure has an elegance about him.

Elaine said...

Gorgeous bird!

Midmarsh John said...

Sounds just like one of Penny's squeaky toys.

Mary Kirkland said...

Very cool that you were able to get such great pictures of the pretty bird.

Margaret said...

Charming little guy singing his morning song.

Eva Ason said...

Great pictures

Chris Rohrer said...

A magical and beautiful bird for sure!

catskillblogger said...

What a tail! I wonder if it uses it's tail to help balance himself?

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