Up until last week, every Vermilion Flycatcher I ever ran into in my travels was at least a good 200 yards away.
Now I have been to one of the best places in the world, maybe, to hang out with Vermilion Flycatchers: Crooked Tree in Belize, and more specifically, Bird’s Eye View Lodge, where at least two pairs of these gorgeous birds were in the vicinity.
I would walk downstairs from the rooms and around the back and there he would be, greeting me cheerily to his territory.
She was a bit more shy, as girl birds tend to be, but even she was closer than 200 yards away. (Click on the picture for a closer view.)
And the day I caught her doing her toilette after a bath, she was downright close.
Our last day it rained steadily, sometimes offering downpours. He took advantage of the free shower.
I hope to be back soon with many more birds from Belize and a recap of my brief but engrossing experience. I have succumbed to a rhinovirus after coming home late Saturday and cleaning all day Sunday. I went back to work today… And I have to get up early to vote before I go back to work tomorrow. So I’m not feeling too chipper but am glad I went to Belize, where it was 80+ degrees!