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Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Tyrannus forficatus


Another vagrant to California. Mostly found in southern mid states. Kingbird with a long scissor tail. Pale gray upper side and salmon pink below.


For this vagrant it ended up along a beach and feeding on insects long the shoreline.

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Jellis 8 years ago

Mati1 not sure about your comment. This bird is related to a Kingbird.

KarenSaxton 8 years ago

Here here on snowy owl.

Jellis 8 years ago

Ashley I would love to see a Snowy Owl too.

KarenSaxton 8 years ago

The Oregon coast has been getting some intersting vagrants - a brown booby that stayed for nearly a month. I didn't get a chance to see it, alas.

Jellis 8 years ago

And thank you all.

Jellis 8 years ago

Someone believed with the climate change some head west end up at the ocean. And some end up on the islands off shore. The Farallones have gotten rare species even the main land hasn't seen.

AshleyT 8 years ago

We have been having lots of crazy birds show up in Texas in the past two weeks as well, many of them are firsts for the state! Common crane (2 of them!), red-legged honeycreeper, gray-crowned rosy-finch, pacific wren, and American dipper! Just need the snowy owls to come south and west more and everyone will be happy!

KarenSaxton 8 years ago

Really nice! I can't believe how many southern birds are making their way N.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

Lovely plumage - Great shots jellis ! Thanks for sharing.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Sweet series.

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Half Moon Bay, California, USA

Spotted on Nov 29, 2014
Submitted on Nov 30, 2014

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