Friday, July 24, 2015

Great-Crested Flycatcher

In mid-June, a Great-Crested Flycatcher landed in the yard among a patch of feathers left from a hawk's dove kill.

 
He or she looked around a lot, and I wondered if it was searching for bugs that might be lurking among the feather remnants.


 
 But then he or she picked up a mouthful of fluff
and quickly let it drop again.


I like how the flattened crest looks like a military-style flat-top haircut. :)

 The Flycatcher picked up the bits of feathering one more time
 and with a quick look towards the camera, took off.
Turns out, a pair was nesting in a birdhouse I had put atop a fence post near the driveway and this bird was working to line the nest.

Linking to Saturday's Critters and The Bird D'Pot

170 comments:

eViL pOp TaRt said...

A great catch! I rarely see those.

Stephen Hayes said...

I was wondering if it was looking for nest building materials.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

She is really cute!
Enjoy your weekend.

Sylvia K said...

Ah, what a handsome one!! Fun captures as always -- and, as always, I do love them!! Hope you have a lovely weekend!! Enjoy!!

Brian King said...

Great photos! Very cute bird!

thepoodleanddogblog said...

You do get the greatest neighbors ever.

rainfield61 said...

It is busy looking for a little mushroom. It wants to listen it's interesting stories.

RedPat said...

That will be a cozy nest! ;-)

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Almost looks like he was shopping! I like that flat-top v, too.
Have a great weekend, Tex!

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Waste not, want not, I guess!

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Waste not, want not, I guess!

Debbie said...

lucky you...i don't think you usually see this bird. i like the soft color and the flat top you pointed out. i would have missed that!!!

enjoy your weekend!!!

Jocee said...

Very cute. Looks like a curious little bird checking you out before carrying on with his nest building. :-)

joeh said...

That little crest is handsome.

Anne Payne said...

Cute! We had a pair of Mockingbirds build a nest in a flower basket and hatch two babies this spring.

Lowcarb team member said...
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Lowcarb team member said...

Great pictures ... and they work so hard building their nests.

Happy Weekend Wishes

All the best Jan

Mildred said...

Remarkable series of pics. Such a sweet looking bird and precious about lining the nest with soft feathers. Hope you are doing well. Have a restful evening.

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

I don't know how you know all this stuff! But I see what you mean about the military haircut!

Revrunner said...

Sort like making lemonade out of lemons, huh? :-)

mick said...

A great series of photos. I like the comparison of the flattened crest with a flat-top haircut!

LV said...

It can blow your mind how nature gives everything the sense it needs to survive. You must have a lot of patience to capture all these different actions.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A very pretty flycatcher; h/she found a great place to nest!

DeniseinVA said...

Sweet little bird, great photos! Thanks also for ID'ing my duck. :)

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I was wondering if it was nesting. Never too late to do so in Texas.

Julia said...

I thought that maybe the feather remnant would have been it's mate. Smart little bird using feather fluff to line it's nest. Great shots.
Hugs,
JB

Ruth Hiebert said...

These are very special captures.

S. J. Qualls said...

Great capture! Love the look on the 'uh oh' shot!

Stephanie said...

Wonderful captures. You are great at being patient capturing what the bird was doing. Love all the shots!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa; Wow...what a scene of a Flycatcher taking hawk's dove kill☆☆☆ And I LOVED to see the cute eyes you captured he/she has(^_^)v
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako

orchid Miyako said...

PS; 'taking feathers of' p;-)

Kate said...

Love the first and seventh portraits. Looks like a "cute" little fella.

messymimi said...

That's a very pretty bird! Nice that they are nesting near you.

Red said...

You've really got to watch these characters to see what they're doing. Nice series of photos.

bailey-road.com said...

Lovely little bird. What a cozy nest it will be.

Jacquelineand.... said...

What a handsome, hard-working, Dad to be!

Margaret said...

Great observation! I love watching birds. Have been busy getting my house on the market for sale. Can't wait until we are all situated and I have time to blog again. Hope you are well.

Randy said...

Looks like he's on a mission.

Barbara said...

I'm envious of your time watching the birds with your cameras, but grateful you share what you see!

Paul said...

Curious little bird and very expressive...

Ms. A said...

Glad it was looking for nesting material... and not leftovers. Great series of shots!

Midmarsh John said...

Great to have them nesting nearby. Hope you got to see some babies.

Margaret Adamson said...

These are some superb images of this lovely little bird. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Crissi said...

Great shots!
Have a beautiful weekend Crissi

Marit Sønstebø said...

Very cute little bird, and very beautiful photos! :)

Halcyon said...

You caught this little beauty perfectly! She even seems to be posing for you.

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

seems that other species are better at recycling than we are. 'the cycle of life' that is.

gracias, mi amiga

Lynn said...

I like the second pic... Kinda like "what the heck happened here?":@)

Nancy Chan said...

This birdie is so cute and small! So she is building a nest! So excited for them. Happy weekend.

Weekend-Windup said...

He/She looks very beautiful...

Hannah said...

The flattened crest does look very funny. I saw a swallow's nest and it had a lot of feathers lining it, I suppose they are very soft.

Filip Demuinck said...

Looks vigilant. You could take many sharp pictures.

Greetings,
Filip

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

CUTE. I like this little military cut, too. ;) blessings ~ tanna

Sandra said...

in the first photos i thought it was a baby bird, but then they would not be making a nest. what ever the age, he is a baby doll bird

Brk Trt said...

Making the nest so comfy.
Wonderful photos.

Lynne said...

A very fine camera catch . . . and the accompanying story line too.
I would never say that the birds can't be my friends . . .
For they are forever bringing me moments of smiles and relaxation . . .
Just like right now . . .
Sounds like there might be more Flycatcher Nesting camera moments ahead . . .

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, such a sweet looking bird, love the FlyCatcher,Blessings Francine.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Tex, great series on the Great Crested Flycatcher. It is neat you caught this bird collecting nesting material. Awesome photos! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

Dicky Bird said...

Oh that is cute - not only the faces of the bird, but her/his creative use of the feathers - circle of life

EG CameraGirl said...

I would be very excited to have a Great-Crested Flycatcher's nest in my yard!! Very cool!

Bruce Clark said...

Always amazed at the number of different birds you get to see down there on the ranch. Nice shots, Theresa.

Country Gal said...

Lovely photos , He is cute . Have a good weekend !

DIMI said...

Hello Tex!!
Wow!!Such a beauty!!So beautiful bird!!
Excellent shots!!
Dimi...

handmade by amalia said...

What a pretty, industrious guest.
Amalia
xo

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

It was a sad end for the dove, but life in the wild can be hard. At least a hawk was fed and a flycatcher found soft lining for its nest.

Janey and Co. said...

That cutie seemed very interested in you!

Bas said...

geweldig mooi zo in het hoge gras

Michelle said...

It looks so sweet and innocent just sitting there.

nookworm said...

Good recycling project going on there! Picking out the best for the nest. Nice series of shots.

Karen S. said...

Happy nesting right! I'm so happy you caught this story with photos too!

don said...

He came to the right place to get the nest material. It made a very interesting series to document his search and deliberation before taking flight again. Nice post!

William Kendall said...

Quite a pretty bird, Theresa!

Miss Val's Creations said...

What a cutie this one is. That is a total military-style haircut!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of flycatcher.

karmnik54 said...

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Small City Scenes said...

he/she was just shopping
MB

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Good Morning Theresa, Love this series of shots you captured with this pretty bird. Great hair cut markings. Your photos are awesome.
Have a nice weekend and stay cool! cm

Terry and Linda said...

What a fun capture...the feathers were going to fit right in and create a soft home.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

carolann said...

Adorable ! Enjoyed all photos.

Rose said...

It is just so beautiful! And wonderful that it is building a nest!

Paula said...

Like that flat top hair cut too.

Clairejustine oxox said...

Aww great shots, they look so sweet :)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

such a cute face. (the flat top is adorable too)

Helma said...

Very nice series of photographs of this beautiful bird :-)
I have photos or missed in my move.

June Caedmon said...

How wonderful that they are nesting so close by!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Great captures of this pretty bird. Thanks for pointing out the flat top, I would have missed that and that is exactly what it looks like!

Ruthie said...

What a wonderful set of images. I love seeing this little bird up so close. How sweet to see it at work.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I was gonna say, she's hunting for nesting material.

It's such a pretty bird.

Thanks for sharing your link today at I'd Rather B Birdin' --- I know I'm in the wrong blog admin for birding, but, had to stop by and view your flycatcher images...perfect.

Kovács Miklós said...

It's so cute. Nice shots :)

Gosia k said...

Waht a fantastic small bird

Adam Jones said...

Great looking bird. Fantastic that you have them in your garden.

Bob Bushell said...

Awesome.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Wonderful photos, TWG. Birdie knew what to do...
~

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely variety of photos of a darling 'feathered friend' ~


Happy Weekend to you,
artmusedog and carol

CountryMum said...

Wonderful photo sequences. It so tells the story. I look forward to seeing the babies!!

Our photos said...

That is a nice series !

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Awesome shots! I love his hairstyle, too!

Robin Lamb said...

T, nice catch! And nice series of shots! Sure was a curious one!

John's Island said...

Hi Tex, It's neat to see how the little critters work.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

That is what I thought was going on! Critters are smart. Nature recycles.

Felicia said...

a beautiful bird.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love that lemony yellow breast...the ones I see are just shades of gray! Enjoy your weekend Tex! Hugs!

bon bon said...

Handsome little fella!

Becca said...

That is so fun to watch! Got to see some chickadees build a nest once. Great photos!

Gert said...

Oh..what a cool story! I've never seen this bird before..love his or her military haircut! Lol

Justin Carfagnini said...

I learn about so many different species of birds from your blog!

Kerry said...

Ahhhhhhh, of course. :)

Ela said...

Wonderful series of photos ! This bird is beautiful! I also like his haircut:)))
Happy weekend !

Jeevan said...

Great series on the flycatcher! And you got wonderful detail over its crest and the moment.

Stewart M said...

Cant overlook an opportunity like that - nice shots.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Gayle said...

This fly catcher knew what it was looking at.
A bird's eye view (pun intended) amazes me. They seem to look in two directions and yet process what they see sharply and instantaneously.

Magia da Inês said...


Ele está se divertindo com a seção de fotografias!...

Boa semana!!!
Beijinhos.ჱه° ·.
❤˚° ·.

Pix Under the Oaks said...

I find that incredibly touching.
Flycatchers are awesome birds!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

You have wonderful patience to sit/stand so still and take these awesome shots!!! Don't you love it when your birdhouse is being used!!!

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Another beautiful bird, what a character!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Great series of shots, and a very inquisitive bird! That one-eye stare that they do always makes me laugh!

The Queen Jester said...

This is a bird I'm not very familiar with, but is very pretty. Nice shots, especially catching the light in the eyes.

Giga said...

Cute bird and very brave. He needed the material for the socket and it was the most important. Greetings.

Mary Kirkland said...

That was seriously cool. That hair cut does look like a military style cut. Cute bird.

Donna said...

Lovely bird! And it is recycling, LOL.

Wayne said...

The angle of the head makes you think it is listening for critters to eat. I guess the dove's feathers will make a nice nest, too bad for the dove.

Pantherka said...

Really very beautiful shots.

Barb said...

So this is what "feathering a nest" means!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
So glad to read that these great crested flycatchers chose your birdhouse as their new residence.
Cute photos!
Hugs,
Mariette

~mel said...

Hi! It's been awhile. I just popped in to catch up on you :) Amazing how green it still is in your neck of the woods. I guess all that rain was good for you.

Maggid said...

Great pictures - the incident sure makes me wonder . . .
I'm glad the material could be used for a nest . . .

Life . . . you get it in great doses . . . (I'm humbled)

Grantham Lynn said...

Oh what great shots. You must have a fabulous camera!
I enjoyed this so much. I can't wait to see more. I missed shots this morning. AGAIN! There are barn swallows nesting at the boys prison on the drive thru (forget what it's called) We aren't allowed to take our phones in. They flew away so I couldn't get a shot. I think next week I'll take my phone anyway and just have it stored. Gotta get that shot.
Thanks for sharing yours. Have a great week.

Chandra Eswaran said...

Cute bird and great shots!
Have a Great Week!
Peace :)

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Tex, Yes, I would think that the bird would take advantage of free feathers, especially the soft little ones, for her or his nest. It is that time of year. Great pictures of the Flycatcher! Have a wonderful coming week!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I saw one of these little cuties a couple of weeks ago, and kept forgetting to look it up--I'd not seen one before, so your post has saved me from that, THANKS! :-)

Hope you're doing well, I've missed being able to stop by your blog, but I'm hopeful life will return to "normal" very soon! Take care!!

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Very cute bird, wonderful pictures!

diane b said...

A great series of shots. Clever bird making a feather lining for its nest but I wouldn't hang around too long in the spot where the hawk attacked.

Handmade in Israel said...

Delightful photos! What a lovely bird.

ladyfi said...

Oh my - so adorable!

*Podróżniczka A* said...

Wonderfull bird.
Yours:)*

*Podróżniczka A* said...

Wonderfull bird.
Yours:)*

*Podróżniczka A* said...

Wonderfull bird.
Yours:)*

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Beautiful! Great photos.
Greetings.

Ida said...

Darling bird and such sweet photos. Loved that it was building a nest nearby.

Busy Bee Suz said...

What a sweet little cutie pie; love the flat top 'do as well!

Black Jack's Carol said...

I'm thinking a Fly Catcher would be an exciting catch :) even though you regularly seem to find pretty exciting ones. What a cutie!

"...E...", from VA, Beth said...

he/she looks so curious ... what a cutie. checking everything out for sure. ( :

Gail Dixon said...

Such a treat! For you and for us. :) Your photographs of him are so wonderful!!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Nice series of pics.. Regards.

edenhills said...

Great images! Glad something good came of the dove kill.

pattisjarrett said...

What a cute bird! I do like his crest. How nice of the hawk to leave some building materials.

Cranberry Morning said...

Enjoyed the series of photos. Must have been fun to watch him. Takes his job seriously.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

One bird's tragedy is another bird's blessing - amazing capture! So nice that they are nesting nearby! A handsome bird - I like his coloring.

Fireblossom said...

I hope everything is okay with you....you rarely miss a day!

Gail said...

What a beauty!

Munir said...

She is so cute and work so hard as well. We can learn a lesson or two, I know that I can.

Bob Bushell said...

The Great-Crested Flycatcher is the greatest, beautiful.

Ratty said...

I like the bird's yellow belly. I like your pictures today because they seem similar to pictures I'd take.

Made by KKann said...

Awesome photos.

Haddock said...

I like that quick look at the camera. They are smarter that we think they are.

Roan said...

Cute little guy!

Sharon Wagner said...

Nice close ups!

Kelly said...

Cool!!!

Bethany Carson said...

Very nice shots of the flycatcher! Sad that the dove was eaten, but it's good to see its feathers are being put to good use to help raise new birds.

sharon said...

pretty cool. birds are fascinating when it comes to building a nest.

Linda said...

Well seen! I've noticed feathers in one of our bird houses.

Small Kucing said...

nesting nearby. Goody. Means you'll get to enjoy more of their antics :)

Pom Pom said...

Nest building. So great! What a pretty bird!

Marie C said...

Wonderful shots! What a cutie! She reminds me of a bird I saw at my birdbath the other day, and I wonder if I had a new visitor to the yard. She was gone before I could get a picture.

Gillian Olson said...

Great views of a really pretty bird, I also like the way that flattened crest looks. Hope you are enjoying your summer.

SweetMarie said...

something sad to go with something nice. miss seeing you!! I'm catching up!
hugs to you,
Marie

Debby Ray said...

What a great capture of this beautiful little guy (or girl)! I see what you mean about that military haircut :)

A Quiet Corner said...

Flycatchers are fun to watch while they "work" when catching bugs too!...:)JP

Liz said...

He's incredibly cute!!

MICKAN from QUEENS FIELD¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

It's so nice to follow the birds a hope that we can see the baby-birds when they come ☆

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