Great Crested Flycatcher Nesting

May 28, 2010

This is the third year in a row that we have had Great Crested Flycatchers (GCFs) nest in a large woodpecker nest box located deep in the woods of our backyard.  The nest box stands about 20’ above ground.  It still amazes me that GCFs can fly from their winter homes as far away as northern South America and locate the nest box.

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Adult female Great Crested Flycatcher 05–28–2010

Nesting Habits

Will use nestbox.  Nests in cavities, typically filled with trash and nest placed on top. Nest made of leaves, hair, feathers, rootlets, string, trash, small twigs, bark, paper, and shed snakeskin.

Nest Location: Mid-story/canopy nesting

Nest Type: Cavity

Clutch Size: 4-8 eggs

Length of Incubation: 13-15 days

Days to Fledge:12-21

Number of Broods: usually 1

The Great Crested Flycatcher makes its home in northern South America, and migrates to eastern North America to nest and raise its young.

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Feeding mealworms to juveniles

May 9, 2010

Adult male bluebird feeding mealworms to the juveniles from the last clutch and to the adult female bluebird who is tending five eggs in the Gilbertson nest box.

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Adult male bluebird feeding juveniles from last clutch


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Adult male bluebird feeding female incubating the eggs of the next clutch

Mealworms really help out bluebirds when they are feeding their young and while the female bluebird is tending the nest.

If you want a “bluebird friendly” yard, be sure to provide mealworms.

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