Scissor-tailed Flycatcher-the Graceful Flyer

Just about an hour or two ago, my father and I drove and hour up to Bartow County near Rydal, Georgia to find the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher that has been spotted there. The exact location of the nest on which the 2 adults and 3 juveniles can be found on the west side of highway 411 at the intersection of the highway and East Valley Road in a lone pine tree about 40 feet off the side of the highway with tons of pine cones and it is dead on the upper 75% of the tree.The nest is on the north end of the tree but is hard to spot even from that side because it blends in, but the adults fly back and forth from the nest so finding it after you find the adults should not be too hard. These birds are so fun to watch flying to and from the nest as they work so hard to feed their babies!!! This bird is considered rare and as of 2003 only 43 records of the species existed. The tail is very long, thin and cut in two so as to make it look like scissors. It is almost impossible to miss this graceful bird in flight because of its tail and overall length. We got the scope on the nest and stayed for about 30 minutes observing the babies and adults. The babies were up out of the nest some and one was on the edge flapping its wings vigorously. Overall, we saw 9 species including two Eastern Meadowlarks and an Eastern Kingbird. Here is a list of the species:
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Mourning Dove 15
Eastern Kingbird 1
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 5
Crow Species 5
Eastern Bluebird 10
Northern Mockingbird 20
Northern Cardinal 1-An adult male
Eastern Meadowlark 2

An adult with an insect in its mouth
Just a taste of what this magnificent bird looks like in flight
The babies in the nest!
An adult on the nest with the babies
Another adult photo
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