November 11, 2014

Eastern kingbird

The weather here is turning into winter. The temperature is dropping rapidly and the forecast is for rain/snow.
I need a touch of summer.
This was taken last May in the middle of spring migration.

Tyrannus tyrannus

The scientific name Tyrannus means “tyrant, despot, or king,” referring to the aggression kingbirds exhibit with each other and with other species. When defending their nests they will attack much larger predators like hawks, crows, and squirrels. They have been known to knock unsuspecting Blue Jays out of trees.

The oldest Eastern Kingbird on record was 10 years, 1 month old.

source- Cornell Lab or Ornithology.

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