Some Baja birds are adorable.


I suppose the word “adorable” is fitting for Teddy Bears, kittens and some babies but just look at this face.  What other word could I use?  This is the face of an Ashthroated Flycatcher.



For birders Ash-throated Flycatchers have a special charm.  Pairs form strong bonds and we see these birds together often.  They  “flycatch” together.  Seek out nest sites together and get this; when it’s hot out, they will hover over a place in the sand, flapping to clear the spot of debris.  Then they’ll spread out on the ground and bake.  Must be getting ride of lice this way.  I’m gonna have to get a photo of this act but I haven’t yet.

Ash-throated Flycatchers are common in open dry areas of Baja.  These birds are hole-nesters and have a call that sounds something like that of a softly blown coaches whistle. 7 1/2″

The Bird to the left is an Ash-throated Flycatcher.  For some birders they are sometimes confused with the Gray Flycatcher (below)which is a small, pretty much all gray flycatcher except for in the fall when it’s gray/white belly becomes washed with pale yellow.  The more you bird, the easier it is to distinguish the “giss”, (general impression, size & shape).




 This is a Gray Flycatcher

Gray Flycatchers (sometimes called “Little Gray Flycatchers) are also common birds.  At about 6” it’s smaller than the Ash-throated and it’s head is more proportionate to the body.  Ash-throated Flycatchers usually have a puffy-headed look.  Like most flycatchers, both feed on insects and berries.

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