Scissor-tailed flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus)

Origin: North and Central America

Sighted at: Canyon Lake, TX

My local Audubon society reported that a brown booby – an ocean-faring bird – had been spotted at a lake about an hour and a half south of Austin. I decided to check it out, so I woke up early and set out on an adventure! 

Canyon Lake, the lake in question, is nestled in the Hill Country of Central Texas. The deep lake and the surrounding hills are absolutely lovely, and the park is a nice destination, although there was a ton of litter where the water met the shore. There were lots of other early risers at the park, taking morning constitutionals, and all were friendly!

I spotted the booby hunting for fish in the lake, but it flew off before I could get a good shot. However, I spotted this wonderful flycatcher before I left the park.

Did you know? This flycatcher is also known as the Texas bird-of-paradise, on account of its orange underbelly and its long tails! Its scientific name is tyrannus for its aggressiveness – they’re known to take on much larger predatory birds than themselves!