Tag Archives: Flycatcher

Eastern Kingbird

The Eastern Kingbird is a perky flycatcher known for being tyrannical. These two entertained me as they called and flitted along a tree line running between two ponds.

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

There may have been a third one, it was hard to tell the way they were moving around.

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

At least this one was behaving like a juvenile waiting for food to be brought.

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

He made a few forays out over the water after bugs but I’m not sure he caught any before getting safely back to his perch.

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

Crested Flycatcher

Some afternoons in the spring our backyard is a highway for small birds traveling along the edge of the woods. They generally don’t stop long, but this bird was probably a juvenile and appeared to be waiting on some parental guidance.

Crested Flycatcher
Crested Flycatcher

The Merlin Bird ID app identified this as either an Ash-throated Flycatcher or Great Crested Flycatcher from the two photos below. The Great Crested is most likely to be found in South Carolina.

Crested Flycatcher
Crested Flycatcher

Also,  the “lemon-yellow belly” description of the Great Crested was what first made me notice him as it flashed in the sun.

Crested Flycatcher
Crested Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebes Around the Ponds

I’ve seen Eastern Phoebes around several of the marsh and pond areas in the last few weeks. With the leaves off many of the trees they are a little easier to spot.

Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe

I also watched some acrobatic flights and hovering over the water that I wasn’t prepared for. Now that I’ve seen it I might be able to photograph it given another opportunity.

Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe

They don’t stay in one place long but this one found the perfect stick close to the water with a nice reflection from the nearby trees.

Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Flycatchers around the marsh can be difficult to photograph as they like to perch on the side of a tree hanging over the water resulting in obstructed views. And they are fast!

This fellow was ahead of me as I wondered up the side of a pond,  flitting in and out of trees and occasionally swooping out over the water. He finally took a break on some pretty dried vegetation.

Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe – click photo for larger view

This time he was rewarded with a large catch. It looks like a dragonfly even though he has it scrunched up a bit. The leafless trees gave me a clear shot but also resulted in a lot of background busyness. He promptly turned his back on me and gulped it down.

Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe – click photo for larger view