The mating Great Crested Flycatchers have a morning ritual. The nest is done and they are mating and every morning they come first to the perch in front of the nest - the female always with a feather or something light to add to the nest and the male always makes a very cheerful call. I set up the camera to catch their first visit of the day. For a bonus the male catches a flying bug before singing out for joy. These birds are not going to go hungry - they are bug killing machines! The reason they are so happy in the backyard is there are no pesticides used - it is left to nature. Also the perch in front of the nest box is a big selling point for birds - the ability to perch before going to the nest gives them added security and a hunting perch as well!
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