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The King Bird

There is a King Bird that perches on the branch of an Oak that overlooks the lake in my backyard.  The branch hangs out over the shoreline.  This King Bird may have a family within the leaves of that same tree as the bird is perched there a lot during the day.  King Birds are larger fly-catching birds.  They love the flying bugs that hatch out on the lake.  I am happy to have these birds here as it reduces the mosquito and gnat population considerably.  The King Bird looks like a larger Phoebe but has a brighter white under belly and tip of the tail.  The King Bird is a dark grey in color with a dark slender bill.  I took these pictures on several days during the first few weeks of June 2011.  The King Birds are seasonal here and usually stay from late Spring through about early October.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

An Eastern Wood Pewee Bird

I recently took these pictures of this beautiful little fly catcher, which I believe may be the Eastern Wood Pewee, in my back yard.  The bird swoops among the Oaks and the Hickories to catch the many flying insects we seem to have along the lake shore.  It is a small bird.  The Eastern Wood Pewee is bigger than a Hummingbird and is about the size of Swallows and Purple Martins.  The Eastern Wood Pewee has a call that simply sounds like Pee-wee but very soft and squeaky.  These are nimble acrobatic little birds.  I think that this bird is quite pretty, too!  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger photograph.  Enjoy!

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