Monday, April 7, 2014

Great Crested Flycatcher Calls



The Great Crested Flycatcher distinctive call lets you know its making a very rare appearance in the Backyard - just once a year for a few days in April as it is migrating northward for the summer and then is gone. You can hear it's unique call, but its hard to find - and harder to film as it usually stays high in the trees as in this case! There are light calls of a  single "weep" three times - one is real weak, but you can see the beak move and then a harsher fives repetitions of "breep". These are about the same as the recordings on the Cornell site: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/great_crested_flycatcher/sounds
What usually catches my attention is a louder whistle "weep" and then I start looking around, I only got a brief glimpse of a Great Crested Flycatcher last year around this same time.

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Great Crested Flycatcher Calls