Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Friendly Little Flycatcher

According to my bird book, the Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) is uncommon.  However, I have encountered these birds everywhere lately - at Fenner a couple of times, Woldumar, and numerous ones at Rose Lake.  The Eastern Phoebe belongs to a family of birds called "tyrant flycatchers".  According to the Oxford English Dictionary, this family of birds gets its tyrannical moniker because "of its aggressive behavior toward other birds approaching its nest".  All the ones I have encountered seem very friendly and photogenic, especially this little guy that let me photograph it gulping down its breakfast, but I am not another bird.

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