Great Crested Flycatcher

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Great Crested Flycatcher with Insect Catch

The upsweeping whee-eep calls of Great Crested Flycatchers (Myiarchus crinitus) can be heard on the Lookout Trail and especially around North Lookout. These large flycatchers pursue flying insects in the forest canopy, landing on exposed branches to survey the landscape before each flight. This behavior allows for great viewing opportunities of this bird at the open Lookout viewpoints. Great crested flycatchers are gray with yellow underparts and rusty brown tails. They spend the breeding season in the eastern U.S. and overwinter in Central America and the Caribbean. 

Photo by Bill Moses.