Thursday, October 22, 2009

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Orange Airport, MA

After several reports on MASSBird of a juvenile Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on the airport grounds I headed out that way this morning and joined numerous birders with binoculars, scopes and cameras who quickly pointed out the bird to me. So here are my photos:

I tried hard to catch the bird in flight, not much luck except this photo which at least shows the scissored tail

You can barely make out the scissored tail in this photo:

It's a splendid looking bird. I'd love to see an adult one and I envy Oklahomans for whom this is the state bird.


  1. Such fantastic photos and I am so happy it stuck around another day so others could get it. I so need a new camera! I was there last night and got lousy pics but was glad I saw it. I even got it in flight but it was still lousy due to lighting conditions and the fact that my camera only has a 15 zomm. Congrats!

  2. I thought you were foregoing photography for a while. It's tough to put it aside. Nice photos from yesterday at Dead Creek. I changed my plans for Dead Creek today and went to Orange instead. I was there from about 8:30 to 10. Also so Nori Howe there. Sorry I missed you.

  3. Kim, I know what you mean about your camera. It's so frustrating when you don't have the right equipment.

    Chris, we must have just passed each other, you going and me coming. I got there shortly after ten. What a great experience; the bird was so easy to see and not shy at all.

  4. Excellent photos, but the bird is actually a Western Kingbird. I am in Texas and have the pleasure (not to brag) of seeing both these Kingbirds and the Scissor-tails in the summer time. Happy birding!


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.