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A Kingbird Visits

A Kingbird came to visit here on Saturday, July 14, 2012 when I took its picture.  It was sitting on the electric wire  next to the house.  I seldom see Kingbirds here at the little farm.  They are seasonal visitors here in Tennessee and are around the region from Spring through late Summer.  The Kingbird has grey-brown feathers with white undersides and the very tip of their tail feathers are white as well.  Kingbirds are smaller-medium sized birds, and are similar in size to the Cardinals or the Mockingbirds.  This bird was with a small flock here.

These birds are similar to the Eastern Phoebe birds in looks but the main difference is the white on the tail tip which the Phoebe birds don’t have.  The Kingbirds really enjoy catching flying insects, which makes them again similar to the Eastern Phoebe birds, the Swallows, and the much smaller Pewee birds.  The Kingbirds eat insects, fruits and many berries.  I am happy to have seen these birds here!  I have lightened these pictures using photo editing software because I took these shots in the twilight at about 7:10pm.  I wanted you to get a better look at the bird.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "A Kingbird Visits" (9)

  1. What a neat bird, Linda… I haven’t seen that one around here… I think I have counted up about 17 different backyard birds who come to the feeders during the summer (plus a few hummingbirds)…. BUT–there are so many other birds around —ones which don’t come to bird feeders…. Beautiful kingbird.

    • Hi Betsy, Yes, you and I likely have a slightly different home-base for the birds with your area much more forested with hardwoods and pines. My area has trees but has wide-open pastures right around and also the ponds and lakes close by. We are blessed here in Cumberland County, TN with a huge variety of wildlife! Have a super great Tues. tomorrow!

  2. TexWisGirl said:

    i love seeing them, too. sometimes in the hot summers, a flock will perch along the pond and take turns dipping into the pond. really cute!

    • Hi Theresa, I enjoy their soaring, swooping, and perching. They are Swallow-like in flight and are entertaining birds. So glad you enjoy them also. I have never watched them dip so I’ll be on the look-out for that. Great comment! Thanks! Have a wonderful coming week!

  3. Kingbirds are really interesting to watch- they chase flying insects through the air with great agility. Great photos, Wildlifewatcher!

  4. They are very pretty birds: I really like their color scheme. I see one or more every morning when I ride past a pond/marsh area.They seem to thrive there.

  5. The Kingbird is a great visitor. I have seen them around the reservoir and watershed here. I hope you have a great day.

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