Cassin’s Kingbird

Saw my first one of these at LEGO Land in Oceanside, California. I’ve seen several in Mexico since. It’s a fun bird to watch. Unlike most birds its size, which hop from branch to branch every few seconds, the Cassin’s Kingbird is patient. It’ll sit on a branch for minutes, slowly (well, slow for a bird) swiveling its head back and forth, waiting for right moment to spring forward and swallow an unsuspecting insect. It’s also a fun bird to listen to. It has, sort of, a construction-worker-whistling-at-a-passing-babe whistle, followed by a series of staccato cha-cheer-sounding chirps.

(Sorry the picture is blurry. I need one of the telescopic birdie cameras….)

4 thoughts on “Cassin’s Kingbird

  1. Some very interesting observations. The “bird blog” reminded me of the little bird that used to sing outside your sister’s window and drove her crazy.

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  2. You’re not going to like this.

    We were saying the morning prayer on the way to school last week.

    Madelyn: “Daddy, can I say something that I’m thankful for?”

    Me: “Of course”

    Madelyn: “Geese”

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