Fly Trap (Re-post from 2010)

(This post originally published in June, 2010)

On virtually all of my kayak outings, I have been accompanied by some flycatchers. I’m not positive on the ID of these wonderful insect loving birds, but I believe they are Eastern Phoebes (Sayornis phoebe) – if one of my birder friends can help with ID, please let me know. They are a lot of fun to watch as the perch above the water, then fly out over the water, catching insects on the fly. Here are a couple of images:

Eastern Phoebe


And this next image shows the flycatcher, sitting in one of the recently featured Buttonbush shrubs, chewing on an insect he swooped down over the water and caught:

Eastern Phoebe chewing insect


These little guys are a blast to sit and watch as they go about collecting insects, though a bit skittish. I have found that if I just let the kayak gently float into their hunting territory, I can usually get much closer to them.

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