Tuesday, April 24, 2007
04.22.07 THE KING IS BACK!
Returning from its winter vacation in the Amazonia, the Eastern Kingbird, Tyrannus tyrannus, reappears in the garden. It hovers in the air watching for bugs then dives down upon them, often catching them in midflight. This magnificent bird is aptly named Tyrannus TWICE. It will chase off Blue Jays and it rolls the "abandoned" eggs of Cowbirds out of its nest! (The Cowbird lays its eggs in the nests of other birds hoping they will do the hard work of rearing and feeding their young.)