Bird Feeders : Great Crested Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatchers are large birds that can be described as having olive green upper parts, gray head throat and upper breasts, yellow bellies, black bills, and dark patched wings. They can often be found in southern Canada, the Gulf coast, southern Florida, and the tropics. Great Crested Flycatchers like to perch on treetops and fly to different places instead of walking or hopping. They are also the only flycatchers in the east that nests in holes.
The diet of Great Crested Flycatchers mostly consists of flying insects like bees, dragonflies, mosquitoes, and others because they like to capture their prey mid-air. However they also eat fruits like grapes, berries, and cherries. To make a feeder box for Great Crested Flycatchers, you can start with a 6” x 6” floor and a 9” ceiling. Drill a 1-2” entrance hole about 7-8” above the floor. Make sure you have a lot of ventilation openings. The feeder should have a depth at the front of about 9-12 inches to prevent predators from grabbing the flycatchers’ food. Mount the feeder about 10-20 feet off the ground on a tree or post that is located in an area that has partial sun and shade.
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