Ash-throated Flycatchers


Today Ann and I decided to take a drive through Spring Creek Park.  We hadn’t been out there in over a week.  But, alas, it will have to wait again.  Right after we drove into the park, my dashboard beeped.  I had an alert saying that I had a tire going down.  I got my tire gauge out of the glove box, checked, and sure enough the the right-front tire was leaking.

We turned around and headed home.  I then took off to find a place that would make a quick repair, then decided that since the car was due for an oil change, I would have the establishment take care of that plus the tire repair.  Unfortunately, it amounted to about an hour and a half wait.

As-throated Flycatcher

So after getting back to the house, going birding didn’t seem like such a good idea anymore as it was getting late.  So that brings me to here.  I decided to write a post.  Not having a birding report for you from Spring Creek Park, I tossed a dart at the computer and decided to show you images of the Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens).  That is one species that I don’t remember writing about before.  This first (above) photo happens to be one of my peronal favorites.  I like how the wide aperture blurred the colorful background to give a great bokeh.

The next photo, below, was taken during a bird-banding session at the Hummer House in Christoval, Texas on March 28, 2008.  I am not 100% sure it is an Ash-throated as I am not familiar with the yellowish feathers under the wings behind the head.  Maybe one of the banders or another local bird expert will comment to this post, and confirm this for me.  Is it possibly a Brown-crested Flycatcher?

Ash-throated Flycatcher

The Ash-throated Flycatcher, along with the Scissor-tailed and the Vermilion, make up some of the most popular flycatches of the Concho Valley.  I have shown you many images of those species on other occasions.

As-throated Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

The Ash-throated of the species can be confused with the Brown-crested and Dusky-capped Flycatchers.  I hope I have the above photos IDed correctly and if not, maybe someone of more expertise will correctly.

Click on any of the images to see an enlargement.  Also feel free to click my Flickr Logo at the right of this page, and have a look at some more of my photographs.  Also when you are in San Angelo, check out my long-running gallery exhibit showing in the lobby of the Crockett National Bank, on Bryant Thruway.

The Vivacious Vermilion Flycatcher


The Vermilion Flycatcher, ( Pyrocephalus rubinus) is one of my favorites of the species.  It is such a vivid red.  It also is a difficult bird to photograph, because it is very flighty and very tiny.  For those reason, I feel very lucky to have gotten up close and personal on a recent visit to Middle Concho Park.  It also helped to have my big lens and a Puffin’ Pad window support, as I wouldn’t have had time to set up my tripod.

Vermilion Flycatcher

  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon 500mm IS lens with 1.4 tele-converter
  • 1/2000 sec. @ f6.3 – minus 1/3 EV adjustment
  • Lens focal distance  – 700m
  • ISO 500
  • Metering – partial
  • Shutter priority

Click on the image if you would like to see an enlarged photo.