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Myiarchus flycatcher trying to get into house, every May, for years (1 Viewer)


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Since at least 2019, a Myiarchus flycatcher (I think a Great Crested) has been turning up around our house every year. For the first couple weeks in May, it flies up to the windows and flutters against them, scratching with its claws, as if trying to get in. Sometimes it lands on the sill and pecks. After a moment, it flies off to a nearby tree (not the same tree), looks back at the window for a bit, then leaves. I don't think it's fighting a reflection, as it does this at multiple windows, on different sides of the house, often at the same time of day. I briefly saw what looked like a fledgeling this year, and we've seen more than one of them in past years, so it might be nesting nearby.

Any ideas? It's not hurting itself as far as I can tell, it just fascinates the cats, but I'm curious what it's after.


My brother got this photo of it at his window this morning. This is the best photo we have- everything else is either really blurry or a back view.

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