I took my oldest son over to the local elementary school parking lot for a bit of driving practice early last week. While he was making laps, I noticed a nest on the side of the building.
The most beautifully colored swallow like birds were flitting around in the sky. My bird app told me these were barn swallows. They do not like to sit still. My zoom lens on the camera is not very good and I got a bit closer than I should have for the above well-cropped picture.
The birds were not happy with me. I took the next photo with the zoom lens from my passenger seat in the car. Thankfully, the birds returned to their nest. The birds still didn’t stay in one place very long or land anywhere I could easily take a photo with my current camera.
I had just about given up when I thought I spotted one sitting in the tip-top of a tree near the edge of the playground area. My son parked the car so I could hop out and try to capture a few photos. Except, it didn’t quite look like those flitting, fast-flying swallows. I just wasn’t sure though…I didn’t have much luck with my bird app on this one either. Caught it singing! So, what bird is this? It’s been bugging me all week long. Finally, tonight I sat down and looked through all the birds on the Missouri Department Of Conservation Website. I think I found it! I think it’s an Eastern Kingbird!
The “white terminal band on the tail” is what I’m using to make my guess on this bird’s identity. What do you think? Do you know what kind of bird I’ve captured here? If it’s not an Eastern Kingbird, what is it then?
A bit late this weekend but I’m still joining in the weekly link-up over at I’d Rather B Birdin’