Great Crested Flycatcher photos

a great crested flycatcher was in my backyard, so I took some photos.

Great Crested Flycatcher

This Great Crested Flycatcher flew into my yard, and perched less than 8 feet from where I was sitting. I was sitting outside on my deck my camera, as the Pileated Woodpeckers and their young were foraging along the perimeter of my yard. This is the first time I’ve ever had this species come this close to the house. I hear the bird calling several times a day, but it has never flown into my yard and sat on a relatively low exposed perch. It made my whole day!

Great Crested Flycatcher

A Great Crested Flycatcher on a tomato plant cage. I’ve never spotted one of these in the 20 years I’ve lived at this address. A couple days in a row it landed on this metal cage for newly planted tomato plants. It hopped down and ate something on the ground each time.

Great Crested Flycatchers hatched

Five hatched Great Crested Flycatchers. First viewing since hatched, nest additions continue with more feathers, fur, and grass. Snakeskin has been covered over. Photos of single Great Crested Flycatcher are dad hanging around just waiting for eggs to hatch. Now both parents are busy bringing bugs.

Great Crested Flycatcher Nest

Nest observation

Great Crested Flycatcher

Photo of Great Crested Flycatcher nest after six days of building. They are the first residents in our Screech Owl house. Snake skin present.

GCF Nest Construction

This is the third your in a row, that this nest box has been used by a GCF pair, perhaps the same pair. It took seven days to complte, and was constructed with straws and grasses, leaves, animal fur, at least, one feather, plastic Publix grocery bag, and last, but not least, at least two different pieces of shed snake skin, added on last two nest construction days. This female appears to have high standards, always shopping for Publix bags. She’s never used a bag from Wal-mart! 🙂

Great Crested Flycatcher With Nesting Material & Completed Nest

This, could, posibly, be the same GCF pair that has used this nest box, for the third year in a row. The nest was started on 4-18-15, and appeared completed on 4-24-15. May find first egg this evening?

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology