Thursday, August 11, 2011

Western Kingbird in Windsor

Yesterday's Ontbirds report from James Holdsworth had reported Western Kingbirds (in Windsor) so this posting attempts to document this great find. James' posting was incredibly detailed and covered plumage, behavior and vocalizations... its worth reading if you haven't read it. James also sent me some photos and gave me permission to repost them. The following four are some that he took:
Props to James for finding these! I would have looked at this bird and assumed it was GC Flycatcher.

This morning, I found them myself. I found them perched on the telephone wires about 50m before the entrance to the power station at the end of Lauzon road. Some selected photos that I took from my car:

Even in great light, it was hard to get a nice 3/4 frontal angle photo of the Western Kingbird. Overall though, it was nice to see a small Kingbird family flying around and calling to each other. Thanks again to James for sharing his photos and this excellent find with Ontbirds.

A google map of where to locate these birds (as described by James Holdsworth) can be found below:,-82.915463&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x883b2a7ba4abbe17:0x42d0117a8dd44df,%2B42%C2%B0+17%27+14.48%22,+-82%C2%B0+54%27+54.18%22&gl=ca&ei=DgpETuj2KseGsgKE0IiODQ&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CBcQ8gEwAA

Good birding,

PS: If a Western Kingbird has baby birds with an Eastern Kingbird... would the fledglings be Midwestern Kingbirds? lol!  :^)


  1. Vrajesh, if you would like to make a link to my blog, you are welcome to.

    Blake, lol, I was going to go with Central or Midwestern and chose the later. Good one!

  2. I'd settle for a kingbird anywhere on the map. Been a decade since I have seen a Western. I guess it is a gray area what you might call these birds. That reminds me, I have seen a Gray Kingbird (Point Pelee, August 2001).



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