"I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven."
Emily Dickinson

Friday, January 29, 2016

Flycatchers snatch insects in the air

Say's phoebe -- Photo by J.J. Meyer taken 1/29/16 in Mission Viejo
Black phoebe -- Photo taken by J.J. Meyer on 1/29/16 in Mission Viejo

When I saw a flash of rust in the distance at a park today in Mission Viejo, I first thought it was a female Western bluebird.  But once I got closer, it was clear that the bird was a Say's phoebe.  A black phoebe also shared the same park. Apparently there are enough insects to support them.

Say's phoebes and black phoebes are both tyrant flycatchers.  These species are easy to identify by their behavior.  These birds typically dart from a fixed perch to catch insects right out of the air.  They can perform incredible aerial acrobatics, which make them fun to watch.

Happy birding!

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