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.