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Here Come the Flycatchers - Part I

April 26, 2009
Dick Miga

A group of birds that is quite common in our county, but not as well known to most people such as other birds like robins, woodpeckers, and sparrows, are the flycatchers. Historical records indicated that there were 12 species in Chautauqua County at the turn of the 20th century, however, over recent times, through research and biological analysis, it was determined that two of the species were actually the same bird, resulting in the number that we know today in our county at 11. In this first part of this two-week topic, I will discuss the following: Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Wood Pewee, Great-crested Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher and the Olive-sided Flycatcher.



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