Monday, May 17, 2010

Western Kingbird

A strange call got me all a twitter this afternoon! I ran out into our street to get a view of the culprit and though it was raining I could make out it was a kingbird. I thought initially it might be a tropical as I couldn't make out any white on the outer tail feathers. I phoned Guy Monty who came over on his bike as either bird would be a new species for his NMT list. In the time it took him to cycle over a second kingbird appeared and then the heavens opened. Luckily the rain only stayed for five minutes. Both birds were vocalizing and flycatching from the tops of some Cedar trees, giving us great views. This is a Vancouver Island species for me.