Date: 6/17/18 5:53 pm From: Bob & Bonnie Buxton <bbxt...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ruby-throated 'Flycatcher' in Merrimac
We just had the unexpected pleasure of watching a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird flycatching from our clothesline at dusk. We had never seen this behavior before, although it's probably common. He would sit on the clothesline looking intently around, and suddenly fly a short distance, clearly flycatching ( mosquitoes we hope! ) and then would return to the clothesline until the next little 'foray'. We watched him do this many times before he eventually flew off to parts unknown. We did see one of the tiny insects he caught as it was whitish, but we could not see any of the others. One of his flights was funny to watch.. He must have been in the middle of a little swarm of bugs because his head was twisting around as he tried to grab as many as he could. Mother Nature always seems to have something fascinating and new to show us!
Good birding to all, Bonnie & Bob Buxton Merrimac, MA bbxt(AT)comcast.net