Great Crested Flycatcher  Myiarchus crinitus
Great Crested Flycatcher  Myiarchus crinitus

Another bird “often heard, seldom seen”, typically is a dweller of the treetops of deciduous or mixed forests, avoiding pure stands of conifers.  Spending very little time on the ground, it does not hop or walk.  It can be found in continuous deep forests or open wooded areas and edge habitats.  It prefers to fly from place to place and most often catches its prey in flight.
It feeds on mostly insects but will also eat small fruits and berries.
It is the only eastern flycatcher to nest in natural tree cavities or old woodpecker holes.  Many Great Crested Flycatcher nests contain shed snake skin and are usually 20 to 50 ft. high.

.Copyright Mark Tiefenbach
Deepbrook Nature Photography