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    Perry R
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      I haven’t seen any bluebirds this year, but a few days ago this couple showed up. I believe they are ash throated flycatchers, Myiarchus cinerascens. This species is unusual among flycatchers in being a cavity nester.

      If my ID is incorrect, please speak up.

      Blast, I can’t remember how to post photos.

      Ash Throated Flycatchers (I think)

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      #27134
      Perry R
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        Ash Throated Flycatchers (I think)

        #27138

        Love the post. We do not see those birds here in VA.

        David
        Stafford, VA

        #27149
        blue diamonds
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          Wow, that’s really cool‼️ Thanks for sharing your picture. They look super cute, congratulations.

          Judy – Michigan

          #27158
          Perry R
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            I had never identified this species before. Supposedly they are common from the dry part of Texas and westward, so I must have seen them plenty of times but just wrote them off as another LBJ (Little Brown Job). When you get a good look at them you notice the yellow belly and the crest. According to what I have read they feed in a similar manner as bluebirds, sitting on a perch then swooping down to the ground to grab a bug. I haven’t seen them hunt, they spend most of their time on the slope facing away from my house.

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            Carol – Mid-Mo.
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              Cool, Perry – I wouldn’t have a clue what that was – learn something every day, right?

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