Karl Overman: Birds and More


This tropical species is a permanent resident where ever it occurs with the closest breeding population being in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Up until this past fall, there were only a handful of records north of the Gulf of Mexico states.  Last fall Ontario’s first record showed up at Rondeau in early September and stayed into December.  The Indiana bird was found in December in Noble County, Indiana which is in northeast Indiana and of course was the first state record. It picked a good winter to try to winter in northern Indiana but the jury is still out on whether it can survive the winter. This flycatcher has a varied diet which will help it survive, having been observed eating crab apples and fish besides insects. The Ontario bird was seen catching a frog.

Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)

Modified January 8, 2019