Birds and Birding in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Variegated Flycatcher at South Padre Island Bird and Nature Center - 9/29/2016
There are many excellent photos of the Variegated Flycatcher at the South Padre Island Bird and Nature Center, but I'll add mine here. I had great views of this austral migrant this morning and hope the bird sticks so more people can enjoy it!
The Variegated Flycatcher is a fairly small flycatcher, larger than an Empidonax or a Pewee, but smaller than a Kingbird. The heavily patterned face, back, and wings are typical for a Variegated Flycatcher. Note the red edges to the tail feathers. The bill is much smaller than a Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher.