Scissortail Flycatchers Vs Intruding Vultures
We never know what awaits us when we step outside, and are continually surprised and delighted if we have a few minutes to slow down, watch and listen! There is always some drama in nature occurring if we just notice - many times life and death events. Last week we witnessed a pair of beautiful Scissortail Flycatchers dive bombing intruding vultures at Scurlock Farms!
Last week, a breeze was blowing late in the evening and it had cooled down considerably.
Dan and I were sitting under the trees in the front yard when all of a sudden we heard a pair of Scissortail Flycatchers really raising a ruckus! We looked up, and 2 large Vultures were sitting on an antennae on Dan's radio tower about 55' in the air. They were being repeatedly dive bombed by a pair of Scissortail Flycatchers.
In order to help you understand why the pair was so upset, you should know that every year they build their nest at 55' on the top of another tower that is about 40' from the tower the vultures were perched on.
Talk about bobbing and weaving!
One of the vultures was braver than the other and he kept sticking his neck and head up - big mistake! The pair of scissortails would dive bomb him and he would quickly tuck his neck and head back in!! Talk about David vs Goliath.
The scissortail flycatchers did not give up until the vultures decided the better part of valor was to give in to the much smaller birds and depart the premises.
The next evening, we happened to be sitting outside again, and low and behold, there were 5 Scissortail Flycatchers flitting about the area.
Three babies had fledged and were flying about with their parents. That definitely answered the question of why the pair of Scissortails had been so determined to chase off the interlopers the day before.
According to Wikipedia:
"The scissortail is now considered to be a member of the Tyrannus, or "tyrant-like" genus. This genus earned its name because several of its species are extremely aggressive on their breeding territories, where they will attack larger birds such as crows, hawks and owls."
For several years, I had a large black-eyed pea patch near Rocky Overlook at Scurlock Farms.
A pair of Scissortail Flycatchers always nested in one of the pecan trees on the border of the garden. As long as I was in the garden, they were flitting around and fussing about my being there. Luckily, they never dive bombed me like they did the vultures!
Did you see Scissortail Flycatchers when you were growing up? Have you noticed them being territorial? We would love to hear where and when you saw them. Scroll down and leave a comment below?