Out of the Tropics


This week’s photo, taken November 7, 2014 in Neah Bay, WA, features a TROPICAL KINGBIRD.

The Tropical Kingbird, as its name implies, hangs out in the tropics of Mexico and Central and South America. Normally, this flycatcher with the bright yellow breast and belly, barely makes it into the United States, most likely occurring in the southern extremes of Arizona and Texas.

So, what the heck was one doing in Neah Bay, WA two weeks ago, in the far northwestern corner of the most northwestern state of the continuous United States? Why, it was busily chasing down aerial insects, just as at least two other Tropical Kingbirds were doing in the same vicinity. If they haven’t headed south yet, they might be doing so soon, since their primary food source (flying critters) is decreasing this time of year in the Northwest.

Bird-watching would be way less interesting if birds only showed up where they are expected. Fortunately, our feathered objects of desire have wings and occasionally they exercise their right to wander off course.

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About Joe Sweeney

I photograph birds to share the beauty and wonder I find in nature.
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4 Responses to Out of the Tropics

  1. Chris says:

    Several Tropical Kingbirds have been seen on the Central Coast in the last couple of months. Not by me though.

  2. Brad Snyder says:

    The climate is changing. Clearly we should all be moving north:)
    Happy Thanksgiving amigo!

    Sent from my iPhone

  3. Freda Papoff says:

    Probably was at The Ranch and missed you so much it traced you down. Or traced you up!

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