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Bob Snyder | profile | all galleries >> Galleries >> Great Crested Flycatcher nesting success. tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Great Crested Flycatcher nesting success.

A pair of Great Crested Flycatchers nested in a cavity in our gray birch this spring. A storm blew the upper 2 ft of the hollow trunk over, and it hung by a sliver of bark. The nest cavity however, remained safe, in the trunk and the pair raised and fledged at least one chick; possibly two. This gallery presents a short photo essay on the pair.

I've also included some photos of the Gray Catbird pair that nested in our yard as well, though I was not able to get photos, or see fledglings.
Female Great Crested Flycatcher carrying nesting materials to cavity.
Female Great Crested Flycatcher carrying nesting materials to cavity.
Female GCFE leaving cavity
Female GCFE leaving cavity
Male GCFC on guard.
Male GCFC on guard.
Male GCFC with food: note upper part of trunk now hanging to the right
Male GCFC with food: note upper part of trunk now hanging to the right
Male GCFC bringing a moth to the fledglings (note upper part of trunk hanging to right.)
Male GCFC bringing a moth to the fledglings (note upper part of trunk hanging to right.)
Great Crested Flycatcher fledgling, Day 1 out of the nest
Great Crested Flycatcher fledgling, Day 1 out of the nest
GCFC fledgling waiting for parents
GCFC fledgling waiting for parents
Parent feeding fledgling on Day 1.
Parent feeding fledgling on Day 1.
Gray Catbirds also built a nest in the backyard
Gray Catbirds also built a nest in the backyard
Gray Catbird nest in lilac: nest found after fledglings gone
Gray Catbird nest in lilac: nest found after fledglings gone
Catbird alarmed!
Catbird alarmed!
Gray Catbird with food.
Gray Catbird with food.