About Flycatcher File

When I was growing up in the sixties and seventies, a bird perched in a tall Douglas Fir near my house and called out every spring and early summer. It’s call was distinctive. My Dad told me it was calling out “Free beer!” Bird ID field guides describe it as “Quick! Three beers!” Either way, I approved. The bird is the Olive-sided Flycatcher, a neo-tropical migrant. It is similar in size to the American Robin, but much more drab in color. They have a preference for perching on a very tall tree while they watch for flying insects to sally out and snatch, returning to the same perch.

They are declining in numbers, and I rarely hear them now. So I dedicate my blog to the Olive-sided Flycatcher.

My logo is actually the silhouette of a Black Phoebe, another type of flycatcher. I have no pictures of the Olive-sided Flycatcher to use, and don’t want to deal with the copyright issues involved in using photos from the web.


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