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#1 Curlybird

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 07:54 PM

This little guy caught and ate a butterfly but my bad exposure makes it hard to tell what type of bird this is. May not be able to but thought I would give it a try - seen last weekend at Catalina Island (off coast of CA)

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#2 larrcamp

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 07:59 PM

It's probably ash-throated flycatcher unless I'm missing something.

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 08:12 PM

I agree with Ash-throated Flycatcher. Brown-crested is out of range, I think.

Myiarchus have a thing for butterflies and dragonflies.

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#4 Curlybird

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 09:16 PM

Thank you both- I was surprised to see him eat that butterfly - it was so big!

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 09:32 PM

Check out this shot, definitely not mine (photo by Joe McDonald), but I love it too much to not share:

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#6 Curlybird

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 02:22 AM

Check out this shot, definitely not mine (photo by Joe McDonald), but I love it too much to not share:

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Wow!!

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 06:27 AM

Check out this shot, definitely not mine (photo by Joe McDonald), but I love it too much to not share:

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he looks more like he's wearing it instead of eating it

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 12:56 PM

We get a bumper crop of caterpillars (and butterflies) around here from September-December; the cuckoos and bluebirds love them. It's funny to watch bluebirds beating the caterpillars to death on the branches before eating them. I guess if you're the size of a bluebird, a caterpillar is a pretty impressive prey!

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