Sunbathing Great Crested Flycatcher

A Great Crested Flycatcher continues to come to the sunny part of the deck almost every day around noon (and maybe at other times, too, and it’s just around noon that we notice) – it’s a very regular visitor. It sits on the rail or sometimes on the floor of the deck, in full sun, lowers its body and spreads out its cinnamon-edged wings and long cinnamon tail, turning its head slightly upwards and sits languid and almost motionless, soaking up the sun for several minutes at a time – but flashing away in a heartbeat if startled. I don’t know if it’s the same one every time, or if maybe a male and a female both come, separately, since I first saw two sunbathing together.

A Carolina Chickadee exhibited the same, or quite similar behavior one afternoon, fanning out its tail feathers widely, spreading its wings and sitting low on the sun-warmed wood – but it stayed only briefly.

Two or three Carolina Wrens come often to search for insects and spiders around the plants and railings on the deck, sometimes quiet, but most often trilling, chattering, burbling or pausing to sing.

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