Empty Nest

by admin 3. August 2016 11:18

Well, yesterday morning I noticed the chicks still in the nest.  At 10:30 am, I checked again and they were all gone.  I guess they decided to go together.

I will keep an eye out to see if they hang around the area.  Good for them :-)



Cordilleran Flycatcher Nest Update - They sure do grow fast

by admin 1. August 2016 10:03

They keep flapping their wings. I keep thinking they are going to take off.  They are almost as big as their parents.

See my first post for access to the video.


Cordilleran Flycatcher Nest Update - Two days from flight?

by admin 28. July 2016 10:56

These guys are really almost ready to take off.  We are 12 days since the first egg hatched.  They could be ready to leave in as early as two days.  Over the past two days, their feathers are really showing and they are looking a bit more like their parents.



It's amazing how quickly they grow...

by admin 23. July 2016 18:30

Just since the 19th, these little guys are now peeking over the top of the nest.



Cordilleran Flycatcher Nest Update July 19, 2016

by admin 19. July 2016 17:19

Well, as of Saturday, July 16th, the chicks began hatching.  The dad showed up and both mom and dad have been busy ever since.

We now have three chicks in the nest! 

Take a look at the video (in the previous post), the beaks can be seen when the parents show up with food.  Pretty soon we will be able to see much more.



Mom or dad keeping a lookout



Cordilleran Flycatcher - Live Video

by admin 4. July 2016 08:51

Live video of a Cordilleran Flycatcher's nest


Below is a live video of a bird that is making a nest on our front porch.  We live between Ouray and Ridgway, near the southwest corner of Colorado.  The bird is called a Cordilleran Flycatcher.
The latest version of Java should be installed to see the video. http://www.java.com
It appears this only works in Internet Explorer, if you find otherwise, please let me know.
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 The following information was obtained from: the Audubon Website

Feeding Behavior

Forages by watching from a perch and then flying out to catch insects in the air. Also takes some food from foliage or twigs while hovering. Often forages quite high among the branches of tall conifers, but will also feed low, especially among streamside trees.


3-4, rarely 5. Whitish, with brown blotches concentrated near larger end. Incubation is by female only, about 14-15 days. Young: Both parents bring food for nestlings. Age of young at first flight probably about 14-18 days.


Both parents bring food for nestlings. Age of young at first flight probably about 14-18 days.


Mostly insects. Differences in diet between this bird and Pacific-slope Flycatcher poorly known. For the two species combined, diet is mostly insects, including small wasps, bees, flies, caterpillars, moths, beetles, and others. Also eats spiders, and a few berries and seeds.


Differences in nesting (if any) between this species and Pacific-slope Flycatcher are poorly known. Nest site is sometimes in the fork of a small tree, but usually in other situations: in a cleft of a vertical streambank, on a stump, among the upturned roots of a fallen tree, under a small bridge, or on rafters in a shed. Natural sites are usually near (or on) the ground, but on artificial structures the nest may be more than 10' up. Nest (built by female) is cup of moss, grass, rootlets, strips of bark, lichens, and leaves, lined with finer material such as plant fibers, hair, feathers.





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