Songbirds of North America..7 Aug 2011
The World As We See It, or as You Missed It..7 Aug 2011
Captured just north of the USA border near Crystal City, Manitoba, Canada.
Canon XTi, w Sigma 150mm F2.8 Macro Lens, Aperture 9.0, Shutter Speed 1/500 ISO 400 Focal length 500mm
Western Kingbird: Large flycatcher, pale gray head and breast, yellish belly, white throat and upper breast, and yellow lower breast and belly. Wings are brown. Tail is black with white edges. Feeds on insects, fruits and berries. Bouyant fluttering flight on shallow wing beats. Hovers over prey and dips down.
Habitat: farms, shelter belts, semi-open country, roadsides, fences, and wires
When feeding their young they will ferociously defend the nest, and will harass crows, and hawks in their immediate territory
Their Song a nasal, sputtering series that rises in inflection, speed, and pitch, then falls quickly: prip pp prreep pp PREEpoopop. CALLS similarly clipped spik, pik, and kit sounds.