Great-crested Flycatcher 1c ACK_2848Long & lean is how the 3 boys present;

I watch them watch the grandkids at the playground w/a sit-&-wait stance,

whooping & sallying forth to intercede occasionally,

like the Great Crested Flycatcher

who swoops from his perch in the canopy

after the bugs with his whee-ep whee-ep! in the dark night.

Handsome. And,

except for that odd habit of tucking shed snakeskin into his nest,

he’s like those boys: long & lean.


This whee-ep whee-ep call is also a locator call used to reassure the wife that he’s nearby tilting at windmills while she makes the nest, does the laundry etc. (Hmmm: a subject for

2 thoughts on “HELEN MACDONALD’S On Nature pieces in the NYT magazine are great and helped me pay attention and ID the Great Crested Flycatchers which in turn got me musing on “the boys.” (It’s a habit I can’t break, this juxtaposing of seemingly completely disparate things; but the 420 character 9-liner lends itself to the stance.

  1. Patty, I love how you juxtapose in 420 ct. Along with gorgeous bird photos & unique details about them. What joy your bird-watching must bring to you. Thanks for sharing it with others.


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