[Tweeters] Eastern Kingbird with Pacific Tree Frog at Wylie Slough

James Karr jrkarr at olypen.com
Wed Jul 23 16:54:03 PDT 2014

I have a photo of a Great Kiskadee with a frog taken one of the members of my group. Photo taken during a March trip this year in Costa Rica. The bird spent several minutes beating the frog on its perch before feeding on all but the hind legs. The legs were discarded.


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On Jul 23, 2014, at 12:44 PM, Blair Bernson <blair at washingtonadvisorygroup.com> wrote:

> Steve Pink and I braved the weather this morning and birded Eide Road and Wylie Slough among some other spots. We actually were quite lucky and remained mostly dry for almost an hour at Eide Road and similarly at Wylie. Shorebirds were good at the former - 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, 40+ LBDO and a similar number of Western Sandpipers, a scattering of Leasts, 2 Greater Yellowlegs and a Wilson's Phalarope. No luck with Semipalmated Sandpiper or Baird's.


> Wylie Slough was another story altogether - not a single shorebird - not even a Killdeer. BUT it produced both the bird and highlight of the day. We had an Eastern Kingbird fly in and perch on a snag very closed by - agreed as the bird of the day. THEN - maybe 20 minutes later we had the same/another Eastern Kingbird fly into a tree nearby in the open. At first we thought it had nesting material in its bill. A closer look however disclosed that it was carrying a fairly large Pacific Tree Frog - wriggling in its grasp. I was not able to get the camera on it quickly enough for what would have been a really cool shot - as it flew off with the frog still in its mouth. As a "fly" catcher I guess the EAKI is a "meateater" but this seemed pretty extreme. We wondered if it was going to take it back to a nest and have food for a week.


> Neither of us had ever seen anything like this. Anyone else?


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