A Great Crested Flycatcher squawks in a tree during bright noon light.
There was some initial controversy over this one as it is a “lifer bird” for me, so I had to identify it, thus I posted in photography and birding groups for assistance as I was having difficulty with my normal references. In the end, it came down to Ash-throated Flycatcher vs. Great Crested Flycatcher.
Finally, I confirmed as Great Crested Flycatcher. Stokes Field Guide has on facing pages making it easy to compare. We are too far East for Ash-throated and their belly isn’t this yellow. Plus it’s the only created flycatcher in the East.
A little chipmunk soaks up some afternoon sun.
I can sit here working all day and identify a dozen different species of birds from the window. Yet, when I have the time and go for a walk or sit outside for shots they all seemingly disappear. Until inevitably, Mr. Robin comes by to take pity on me with a look that suggests ‘any time now, I don’t have all day’.