Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Eastern Kingbirds

This week there are suddenly dozens of small birds, dark with white bellies and tail tips, sitting in pairs on the fence wires and power lines. At first I thought they were a type of swallow, but my ID books didn't turn up anything similar. I finally found out that they are eastern kingbirds, which summer here. The scientific name is Tyrannus tyrannus, which seems appropriate given the bird's habit of terrorizing any other birds, even hawks, that make the mistake of trespassing on their territory

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