Eastern Phoebes in Fall
While wood-warblers are a wonderful type of bird to watch they are not the only species making their way south each fall. Everything sparrows to shorebirds are moving through and it would be a poor birder indeed who failed to notice the flycatchers. Though silent Empidonax flycatchers will certainly drive at least some birders nuts each autumn, Eastern Phoebes, with their pumping tails and occasional calls, ensure that anyone who is paying attention can put a name to the Sayornis phoebe that are pausing on their journey to the southern United States and Central America. Their tendency to sally forth repeatedly for bugs from the same perch also enables those armed with digiscoping gear to get set up and shoot what I hope you will agree are some quality images.
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