Sunday, December 15, 2019

Vermilion flycatcher revisited

In November, I visited St. Marks Wildlife Refuge in northwest Florida and was stunned to find this male Vermilion Flycatcher.

Male Vermilion Flycatcher posing

I first visited the wildlife refuge back in February and also saw a male Vermilion Flycatcher. Could this be the same individual nine months later? It's possible, but I can't say for sure.

Hello there Mr Vermilion Flycatcher

Ebird stats show a Vermilion Flycatcher occurring at this location regularly October through March, so either the same male over-winters there, or this is a popular spot for them to visit. This video shows one at the same spot in the refuge in November 2017.

Vermilion Flycatcher at St Marks Wildlife Refuge

I'd like to believe it's the same bird as he appears alone, and has been found in the same small area of the 80,000 acre refuge.

Friendly Vermilion Flycatcher

Stunning male Vermilion Flycatcher

Male Vermilion Flycatcher at St Marks Wildlife Refuge

A rare winter Vermilion Flycatcher

A beautiful male Vermilion Flycatcher at St Marks Wildlife Refuge

Whether or not he is the same bird seen last spring is up for debate, but either way, I'm really excited to have seen a Vermilion Flycatcher twice in the same area.

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