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RE: [SWFLBirdline] Flycatcher, Eagles, and owls

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  • Debbie Norris
    Hi Charlie and all, Yes, this description fits my flycatcher exactly! A treetop hunter of deciduous forests and suburban areas, the Great Crested Flycatcher
    Message 1 of 4 , Apr 25, 2008
      Hi Charlie and all,
      Yes, this description fits my flycatcher exactly! 
      "A treetop hunter of deciduous forests and suburban areas, the Great Crested Flycatcher is
      easier to hear than to see. The only eastern flycatcher that nests in cavities, it often
      includes snakeskin in the nest lining."
      I have searched for many minutes on several occasions to see this bird.  I hear him, but can not
      see him.  I just know that his voice is singing somewhere high in the trees of our back yard.
      We have a trunk of a King Sego Palm in our yard, with a large hole in the trunk, near the top.  It is
      quite large, and I look often to see if there is a nest.
      Owls:  a pair of Great Horned Owls have returned, we hear and see them often.
      The eagles:  Now THEY are truely magnificant.  The parents have 2 children, (excuse me for not)
      recalling what the fledglins are called (I am tired after 3-14 shifts in a row)!, but, they are growing
      fast, almost as tall as the parents.  They have a molted white head, black tail feathers, and love
      to fly and talk!  I could spend all day watching them.
      Thanks for your help with my flycatcher! 

      Debbie Norris
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      To: basketdeb@...; SWFLBirdline@yahoogroups.com
      From: anhinga42@...
      Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2008 07:14:35 -0400
      Subject: RE: [SWFLBirdline] Flycatcher

      Hi Debbie and All,


      I would also check/compare the vocalization of Great Crested Flycatcher at the Cornell site, as that is the most likely (and very common this time of year through fall) flycatcher of Myiarchus genus (tyrant flycatcher family) in our area, and the descriptions you gave fit that bird as well.  I would describe their calls as anything from a rolling, course weep, to wirp, to wip, (or the same sounds with a “kr” instead of a “w”, as Sibley’s guide describes it as krrreeep) with many variations mixed in while it is vocalizing.  I have even heard/seen one that nested in my yard a few years back singing a low volume song much like a Catbird!  It can be found in developed backyard habitats, as well as hardwood hammocks, gardens, mangroves, etc.  Nutting’s is only known as a vagrant in the southwest US, as its range is from Mexico down into Central America.


      http://www.birds. cornell.edu/ AllAboutBirds/ BirdGuide/ Great_Crested_ Flycatcher. html



      Charlie Ewell

      Cape Coral, FL

      anhinga42@embarqmai l.com

      From: SWFLBirdline@ yahoogroups. com [mailto:SWFLBirdlin e@yahoogroups. com] On Behalf Of bsktrn
      Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2008 11:52 PM
      To: SWFLBirdline@ yahoogroups. com
      Subject: [SWFLBirdline] Flycatcher


      I believe that I have a "Nuttings Flycatcher" in my back yard in Cape
      Coral. He has brown and cream on his back and tail feathers, gray
      neck {anterior}, vibrant yellow breast/belly. Song is several "whirp,
      whirp, whirp" like calls. He fits the description and calls that I
      found online at Cornell orthinology site. Yesterday he was sitting on
      the rail of my deck, then he came and perched on a chair and was
      looking at me in the dining room. He was very close to me, and oh so
      beautiful. Vibrant deep yellow color with the pale gray and browns.

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