Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Vermilion Flycatcher

The Male Vermilion Flycatcher
I've been waiting for this bird to "appear" before me this year.  I even heard rumors it was near the bandshell by the zoo. 
Birders kept telling me, "I saw a Vermilion Flycatcher."  That's interesting. One would think that this hot red number would be easily spotted.....
I practically walked into him.  He just sat on the branch.  I had my short lense on and not the long lense. Switching the lenses=eternity!!!!
Female and Male Vermilion Flycatcher.  Together....the way it was meant to be.  Although 2 Male Vermilion Flycatchers might be considered scandalous or just too sexy:)
But he was sexy hot and around me all day.  I felt like he followed me around the park.  I was tipped off by a fellow neighbor that they spotted a Red Tanager.  But I don't hear about Red Tanagers here in Tucson.  And I saw them in Panama.  BUT I can understand how it happens.  They look "somewhat" alike.  This bird is definitely smaller.  I also have to add.....this was a first for me.  I know this bird has lived in Tucson, but I've never really seen one until today.
There were sounds coming from a tree that were different from other bird sounds I hear in the desert. (I am getting better at picking out the tones for certain birds).
So I continued to watch the behavior of this bird during the morning hours as it followed me here and there.
And then it flew off........and I went home to get ready for some gardening. 
There was this retired man who came out with his cell phone to snap a shot.  However the female Vermilion Flycatcher was only hanging out.  I said that the female was "over there".  But he said that he only "wanted the male".  I wonder if his wife knows.  More tomorrow..... 

18 comments:

Joop Zand said...

A wonderful bird and beautiful pictures....good work Chris !!

greetings, Joop

DeeBee L. said...

Gosh this bird is really vermilion!!! A true beauty!

Bob Bushell said...

Well, I have never seen anything so attracting, beauty. Thanks so much.

CameraCruise said...

Great shots of the beautiful birds!

Ragged Robin said...

What a gorgeous coloured bird and great photos Chris. The Pied and Spotted Flycatchers we get over here are much drabber!

Kathy said...

Sweet!

Carole DeAngeli said...

Congratulations on your new sighting! I do love these birds and see them often in certain areas of town.

Suz said...

his wife knows.....great shots
love your enthusiasm

sweetbay said...

What a gorgeous bird!

TexWisGirl said...

you are feeling 'scandalous' today, aren't you? ha ha!

LOVE that gorgeous bird and LOVE that you got to see him AND her!

eileeninmd said...

Wow, beautiful birds and a great sighting. Always nice to see a pair of the them, they are happier as couples. Thanks for sharing. Now, I want to see them too.

Mac said...

Beautiful shots.

Magpie said...

What a gorgeous bird. I had one hanging around my place a couple of years ago. Not sure which it was...immature male or female. Maybe you can help me out. http://inovermyhead-magpie.blogspot.com/2011/01/im-pepper-youre-pepper.html

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Cute post, Chris... Silly boy you are!!!!! ha ha ha

I have never seen a Vermilion Flycatcher--other than photos... What a gorgeous bird.. AND his Honey is pretty also... Thanks for sharing.
Betsy

Warren said...

great pics! Vermilion Flycatchers are always a pleasant sighting.

Laurence Butler said...

Definitely one of North America's most stunning birds. Nice captures Chris. It'll only get better as spring takes a firm hold on 2012.

Warren Baker said...

That is one stunningly colourful bird! Wow!!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

What a beautiful color that bird is!! And cool of it to follow you around!