Ash-throated Flycatchers Coming Back In Numbers

by Larry on June 2, 2008

Ash-throated Flycatcher Picture

Ash-throated Flycatcher photo by Frank Kratofil

The Ash-throated Flycatchers are back in a big way!  I currently have three pair nesting and others still checking out nestboxes.  I really love these birds.  See my other post here Ash-throated Flycatchers Nesting In My Backyard .  I love this shot of the flycatcher my friend Frank took with its “crest” standing up like Don King on a good day.  Here are a few pictures of the newly hatched flycatcher chicks I’ve taken in the last couple of days.     

Ash-throated Flycatcher Eggs

Ash-throated Flycatcher Nest With Eggs photo by Larry Jordan

Ash-throated Flycatcher Day 1

Ash-throated Flycatcher Chick Just Hatched photo by Larry Jordan

Ash-throated Flycatcher Chicks Day 2

Ash-throated Flycatcher Chicks Day 2 photo by Larry Jordan

Ash-throated Flycatcher Chicks 3 Days Old

Ash-throated Flycatcher Chicks Day 3 photo by Larry Jordan

Ash-throated Flycatcher Chicks Day 6

Ash-throated Flycatcher Chicks Day 6 photo by Larry Jordan

You can see how fast these chicks grow, from just hatched to flying out on their own in less than three weeks!  As a friend of mine said, birds have to learn as much in a day as we humans learn in a year. 

Ash-throated Flycatchers Day 8

Ash-throated Flycatchers Day 8 photo by Larry Jordan

This was the last photo I got of the nesting Ash-throated Flycatchers.  You can see the chick in front is starting to open its eyes.  The next time I was able to check the nestbox the chicks were over 13 days old and I just peaked into the box to see little birds with tail feathers so I carefully closed the box and left them alone.

These chicks fledged just two days ago and now I hear silky Ash-throated Flycatcher songs all day long.  I hope you will enjoy having either the Ash-throated Flycatcher in the West or the Great Crested Flycatcher in the East nesting with you soon if you have not already experienced them.  Until then…

Happy Birding!

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Alan Henry June 17, 2008 at 12:25 pm

Great Picture of the Ash-throated Flycatcher.

Larry July 14, 2008 at 6:33 am

Thanks Henry! Since I don’t have a great camera, I depend on my super photographer friends who are kind enough to let me use their photos. Only problem is that I lose some great photo OPs when I am birding.

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