Flycatcher Fervor & Westward Wanderlust

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I've been doing a fair bit of wandering.

I'm going to be doing a bit more. And then, I hope I'll be settling down for a while in the Pacific Northwest.

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I spent May/June attending a wedding and hanging out in Maui. I spent some stints catching up with people in New York City and Pittsburgh, and apartment hunting in Seattle. And, now that the Delta variant is spreading, and a return to no indoor dining seems imminent... Well, I'll be driving across the country.

Somewhere in the midst of all this, I had a bit of downtime in Eastern Pennsylvania. There wre frequent thunderstorms and heatwaves, so it wasn't like I was headed backpacking. I spent a fair bit of time packing, and otherwise, walking around the yard and nearby.

The main birds that I saw in this period were two flycatchers, both of which let me get really close to them. And, they were loud and easy to find. Obnoxious local dog Shelby was at the beach, which I think helped them be a lot more comfortable closer to the house.

So, for a few days, I took some deep breaths, paused, and got to see these birds.

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Grasshoppers, a universally acknowledged tasty treat...
Grasshoppers, a universally acknowledged tasty treat...
...but maybe this bird likes playing with their food...
...but maybe this bird likes playing with their food...
...maybe.
...maybe.
I'm leaving this one in, even if it's less good just so you can see the reddish tail feathers
I'm leaving this one in, even if it's less good just so you can see the reddish tail feathers
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Chillin' on the power line.
Chillin' on the power line.
This bird hanging out closer to the house/roadway seemed to have some roughed up feathers, like it lost a fight, enjoyed plucking their own feathers, or had some issue.
This bird hanging out closer to the house/roadway seemed to have some roughed up feathers, like it lost a fight, enjoyed plucking their own feathers, or had some issue.
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All photos are JPEG's straight out of camera, unedited.

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