Willow Flycatcher

Hey guys, welcome back. Flycatchers. They're a source of frustration amongst birders. To some, sparrows all look the same and warblers can become confusing in fall, but even they all have visual clues that can help. And while many flycatchers can be ID'd by sight, there's still just as many that typically can't. In those... Continue Reading →

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Hey guys, welcome back. Ahhh, the world of flycatchers. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, flycatchers are tricky. Luckily, today's flycatcher is one of the easier ones to ID. The olive-sided flycatcher most closely resembles the wood-pewee, and is actually the largest member of the pewee family. They are mostly gray birds,... Continue Reading →

Great Crested Flycatcher

Hey guys, welcome back! Today is one of my favorite flycatchers, the great crested flycatcher. One of the larger flycatchers, they are easy to tell from all other eastern flycatchers by their reddish brown wings, grayish head, and lemon yellow bellies. In the west, however, there are a number of other flycatchers that look similar... Continue Reading →

Least Flycatcher

Hey guys, welcome back. Today we venture bak into the confusing world of flycatchers, specifically the genus Empidonax which has the majority of nearly identical species. The least flycatcher certainly fits into that category, but is actually easier to tell apart than, say, an alder flycatcher from a willow flycatcher. First off, as their name... Continue Reading →

Eastern Wood-pewee

Hey guys welcome back! Every birder has their group of birds that give them trouble. For some, it's warblers, for others it's sparrows. For me it's.... shorebirds, but flycatchers are right up there! There are many species of flycatcher identifiable primarily on call. Today's bird isn't one of those flycatchers (we'll get to them, don't... Continue Reading →

Eastern Kingbird

Hey guys, welcome back and Happy New Year! Today, my (to date) favorite flycatcher, and the only bird whose latin name I have memorized, the eastern kingbird! As its Latin name, Tyrannus tyrannus, suggests, this is a fierce little bird, often going after much larger birds like great blue herons, red-tailed hawks and even bald... Continue Reading →

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