Friday, August 15, 2014

Scissor-tailed Flycatchers: my last photo of female & she was on the nest


I took this photo on July 28 of the female in the pair of rare Scissor-tailed Flycatchers that were nesting south of Florence. I was on my way out of town and forgot I had this photo that was good enough to crop a lot for a closer view than I had published before. And it turned out this was the last day the female was seen that I have been able to find out-though I was out of town and she may have still been around another few days (when I returned and looked for them on Aug 2 I did not find the female so queried other birders). Do not know if something happened to the female or if there was a nest failure that caused her to leave. The location has snakes (per landowner) and there could be badgers around (a few weeks ago I saw a badger late in the day while driving about a mile from this location). There also was bad weather with thunderstorms and heavy rain during that period. And though the male stayed in the area for more than a week after the female had not been seen, he may now be gone as the last time I know he was seen was on August 10 when the landowner saw him near the nest tree. SeEtta