By: Zoe Pu – LandTrust intern of summer 2014.
During one hike over my summer internship with The Land Trust for Central NC, we were able to spot a small and sweet little bird. Here, in the Uwharries, if you hear birds calling “peetsah” or making sounds that are akin to funny laughter, they are most likely flycatchers. We have Great Crested and Acadian flycatchers here. They are both insect-eating birds of the tyrant flycatcher family.
The tyrant flycatchers are a clade of passerine birds, which are considered the largest family of birds on Earth, with more than 400 species. This large family occurs throughout North and South America and the members vary greatly in the shape, patterns, size and colors.
The adult Acadian flycatchers have olive upper parts, darker on the wings and tail, with whitish under parts. They have a white-eye ring, white wing bars and a wide bill. The breast is washed with olive. The upper part of the bill is dark; the lower part is yellowish. They breed in deciduous forests, often near water. They are fascinating little birds that are excellent fliers – extremely maneuverable and able to hover and even fly backward. They have been observed bathing not by standing in water, but rather by diving into water from above, hitting the water with their chest, and then returning to a perch to preen and shake. [Read more…]