Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Great Crested Flycatcher

Great Crested Flycatchers are another species that is probaby more common now than before the great forests of eastern North America were destroyed. Forest fragmentation caused increases in woodlots and woodland edges favored by this flycatcher. I took this photograph last summer in Erika’s garden.

This species is the only flycatcher that nests in cavities, either natural, excavated by woodpeckers, or human built. Great Crested Flycatchers are famous for often using shed snakeskin in their nest, presumably to discourage potential predators. Other items that look like snakeskin, like plastic wrappers, are occasionally used instead (Miller and Lanyon 2014).

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