Long-tailed Tyrant, Costa Rica

Return of Bird of the Week: Long-tailed Tyrant


There are a staggering, bewildering number of birds in the Neotropics that eat bugs. Hundreds of species of flycatchers, alone. One of the more spectacular is the Long-tailed Tyrant. Long-tailed Tyrants feed exclusively on flying insects, especially stingless bees.  Insects are captured by making quick aerial sallies from a high exposed snag or branch. Not coincidentally, that perching…

Western Meadowlark, Camas Prairie, Idaho

It’s a Late Spring at Camas Prairie


Tuesday WC and Mrs. WC headed out to attempt their first Short-eared Owl survey at Camas Prairie in southcentral Idaho. Readers will recall WC volunteers for the Western Asio Flammeus Landscape Study (WAfLS). Asio Flammeus is the Short-eared Owl. For more background on the project and WC’s other assigned route, see the Weiser posts. It’s a…

Greater Sage Grouse Displaying on Lek

Nothing to Grouse About


WC didn’t post yesterday because he was chasing birds again. This time, Greater Sage Grouse. WC has the location of a very good lek, but it isn’t always possible to get to it. This year, the road was open – for a given definition of “open” – and access to the lek was possible, Yesterday…