Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 06/15/2015

Photo taken on June 14, 2015

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Eastern Kingbird
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Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird
This is the first time I have ever been able to take a close shot of an Eastern Kingbird. After the usual flying from fence post to fence post, searching for food, this bird eventually flew across the road and stayed on this post long enough for me to take a few shots. From a distance, it could almost have been mistaken for a Tree Swallow, at a quick glance.

"With dark gray upperparts and a neat white tip to the tail, the Eastern Kingbird looks like it’s wearing a business suit. And this big-headed, broad-shouldered bird does mean business—just watch one harassing crows, Red-tailed Hawks, Great Blue Herons, and other birds that pass over its territory. Eastern Kingbirds often perch on wires in open areas and either sally out for flying insects or flutter slowly over the tops of grasses. They spend winters in South American forests, where they eat mainly fruit." From AllAboutBirds.

After two dreary days of rain, the sun finally broke through the clouds yesterday afternoon, so I decided to take a short drive SW of the city and see if I could see Mountain Bluebirds and Wilson's Snipe. These are two of my favourite birds to photograph and I was lucky to see both. However, one of my usual pair of Bluebirds was nowhere to be seen and instead, a Tree Swallow was looking out of the Bluebirds' nesting box. I did get a distant glimpse of a Bluebird and managed one quick shot, but when I looked at the photo when I got home, I saw that this male had a metal band on its leg. So, unless it had just been banded in the last couple of days, it was a different bird from the one in many of my photos. I didn't see much else during this drive, and just the usual. Felt so good to be out in sunshine, though. Pam, nice to bump into you, too!

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Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
Superb catch!
2 years ago.
Anne Elliott has replied to Peter Van Der Houwen
Thanks so much, Peter!
2 years ago.