Eastern Kingbird


This bird was new to me on my hike this week at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve. Maybe I just was not paying attention ever before because it is not very colorful, but I kept looking because I did not know what kind of bird I was seeing. At first I thought it an Eastern Phoebe, but it was larger and not bobbing the tail like a Phoebe does. I watched it for a long time, guarding its territory, very unconcerned I was in its territory. Tell me if you think my ID is correct.  A few more angles and the habitat in which it was found.

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14 Responses to Eastern Kingbird

  1. lucindalines says:

    Love how you always capture the personalities of the birds.

  2. alesiablogs says:

    I really like this bird.

  3. Great photos! We don’t have this one.

  4. I agree to your ID idea. It definitely looks like an Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus). To me the plumage coloration of an Eastern Phoebe on the back appears a bit lighter and the tail (apart from the bobbing that you missed when observing “your” bird) is less marked (white) at the very end.

    What a nice guy! He (or she) looks rather proud and curious at the same time!

  5. Beautiful shots Donna….I have never seen this bird so this was a treat!

  6. You do such an amazing job of capturing expression in your subjects, it makes your images so eye catching.

  7. aussiebirder says:

    Impressive looking bird Donna, well captured!

  8. Sharp en bright, beautifull captures. We don’t have this bird over here so interesting to me to see

  9. You nailed it. The white tail tip is the major field mark. This is one of my favorite birds–a long distance migrator from S. America. I have one nesting every year in the yard and spend time watching him catch flies and perch on low branches, just like yours. Great pictures.

  10. How wonderful for you to see this special bird. Thanks for sharing these marvelous photos, and the backgrounds, which are as beautiful as the bird!

  11. A.M.B. says:

    It’s a lovely bird! I have no idea what it is, but I trust your identification.

  12. Great photo of a lovely bird! We have its relative, the Western Kingbird. They’re such sharp, shiny birds.

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