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Great Crested Flycatcher

Great Crested Flycatcher

This morning I was sitting on the deck, drinking coffee and watching the Hummingbirds and Finches feast at our feeding stations.

High in the trees I started to hear a series of loud whistles and a commotion was taking place in the canopy.

A few minutes later, a majestic and surprising visitor dropped down to a hemlock branch . . . about 30 feet from my chair . . . a Great Crested Flycatcher.

This was our first Great Crested Flycatcher of the year and it is a bird we had seen in the neighborhood in the past, but never this close.

A few seconds later another GCF swooped in and drove the original bird back up into the tree tops. For 15 minutes, I watched this perching, whistling and chasing dance go on all around the yard. I think there were actually three birds . . . perhaps two males fighting for a female. . . but they were moving too fast for me to determine.

I did a little research on the Great Crested Flycatcher. They winter in the tropics and southern Florida and breed throughout the US, east of the Mississippi.