Ash-throated Flycatchers Are Hatching In Oak Run For Bird Photography Weekly

by Larry on June 7, 2009

Ash-throated Flycatcher Feeding Young In A Nest Box photos by Larry Jordan

I love this time of year!  Ash-throated Flycatchers are so much fun to watch as they hawk insects and catch them in mid air.  Plus they have a sweet call that is a delight to wake up to in the morning.  I went out this morning to get some photos of one of the nesting pairs on my “home” bluebird trail.  These proud parents are using this standard bluebird house with a 1 1/2″ entrance hole on which I installed a slate porthole protector.

Here I come with a big juicy grub for you kids …

Or maybe I better make sure it’s all clear before I go in …

Everything looks safe, even that guy standing over there with the camera …

What a beautiful Spring morning!

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Tom June 7, 2009 at 11:23 pm

Nice mid air shots Larry. I like the first one best

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Mick June 7, 2009 at 11:27 pm

Nice photos and I like your commentary! I really don’t know anything about nest boxes – but that hole looks very small for the size of the bird!

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Arija June 8, 2009 at 3:58 am

Wonderful captures, especiaally the second last.

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bob k June 8, 2009 at 7:46 am

I love the first photo, Larry! You got him (her?) in mid-flight. So lucky of you to have the Ash-throateds breed in your area.

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gwendolen June 8, 2009 at 8:30 am

LOL @ the first shot. It looks like the flycatcher is just hanging in the air. It would make a great Cheezburger pic ;-)

Cool series Larry. What is the slate porthole protector for?

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Little Brown Job June 8, 2009 at 10:52 am

Lovely images, looks like a great little bird to watch.

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Kelly June 8, 2009 at 12:48 pm

I’ve never seen this little bird. I love his fanned-out tail (it looks a good deal like our Great Crested Flycatcher’s). A fantastic series…you’re lucky they are nesting so close!

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Neil June 8, 2009 at 4:05 pm

Great series of photos and commentary.

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WisconsinBirder June 9, 2009 at 8:01 am

Don’t you feel especially lucky when you get to watch nesting activity? Wonderful photos!

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Dawn Fine June 10, 2009 at 7:07 am

Very nice series…How fun to have this family so close by.
What is a sweat call??

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Larry June 10, 2009 at 10:11 pm

@Tom thanks for the comment

@Mick it is amazing the small entrance hole and small sized box that birds will fit through and nest in. They seem to be able to squeeze through smaller openings than you think they could. I think their feathers make them look bigger than they are.

@Arija thanks

@Bob I do feel special having them nest here

@Gwen the slate porthole protector keeps larger birds from pecking the entrance hole larger, keeping the large birds and other predators out of the nest box

@LBJ thanks, they are loads of fun to watch

@Kelly they are the western counterpart to the eastern Great Crested Flycatcher

@Neil thank you very much

@John observing the nesting activity is my favorite thing to do

@Dawn… LOL, I misspelled sweet. Thanks for pointing it out. I have corrected it.

gwendolen June 10, 2009 at 10:54 pm

I see. Thanks Larry :-)

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