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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Wandering Tropical Kingbird


We had a Tropical Kingbird wander up here a few weeks ago.  He is mostly common to the American tropics.  Some reach South Texas and South Arizona and they span to Argentina, Peru and Trinidad.

We had snow shortly after this one was found so I am not sure what he thought of that.  The bird books say that a few juveniles wander north in the fall to California but not much further. He mostly sat on this wire and observed looking for insects and hawking them from his perch. Then he would fly back to a large ivy covered tree and stayed up high all the time.


 He is part of the Tyrant Flycatcher family, a perching bird with bright colors.  I am not sure what he found to eat at is was so cold. They commonly eat insects and some fruit and berries. Apparently they can be very aggressive protecting their nest areas.  This little fellow was alone. They studied breeding Tropical Kingbirds and found some stayed together for four years which is pretty good for a bird.

This is the distant shot with the camera before cropping. Cornell is wanting to do more research on the migration of these birds and the range of the wandering Tropical Kingbirds.


This post is for Wild Bird Wednesday where the birds from all over the world fly to. Thanks to Stewart for continuing this wonderful meme for us to see so many birds.  Thanks also for reading my blog and I will slowly get around to visit each of you.  I am very thankful for your kind comments.

13 comments:

  1. He looks quite proud in that third photo.

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    1. thanks so much Michelle. The boat photos on your blog are wonderful today.

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  2. It is interesting how birds wander so far from their normal range.Glad you got to see this one and get pictures.

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    1. thanks so much Ruth. It is fun to see a new bird.

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  3. I hope he found some friends and food to make it through this long cold winter.

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    1. Hi Robin, thanks so much for your support and help to remind me how to put in my facebook post!

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  4. Wow - how gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Lady Fi, your photo of Ruby is wonderful today.

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  5. Hi Nora, I used to read your blog regularly, but fell off the blog wagon some months ago and am just returning. So sorry to read that you have leukaemia and eye problems but my goodness, you did GREAT to spot that Kingbird and get such wonderful photos of it. I appreciated the information as well. You are clearly living a stimulating and full life. I am so glad you are not letting your illness stop you from doing what you love. Wishing you the very best!!

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    1. Thanks so much Carol! Nice to see you.

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  6. What is that little tropical bird doing way up North -- poor little thing (although he looks happy enough ....just so sweet!

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    1. Thanks so much Sallie, so nice to see you again.

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  7. Thanks so much for all the kind comments here. I have gone to each of your sites to thank you. I really appreciate how many bloggers came back to me after being away from blogging for so long.

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