Bird #271 — Vermilion Flycatcher

pyrocephalus (from pyros, fire, and kephale, head) rubinus (red)

Sunday, April 1, 1984 — 9:00 am

Coronado National Forest, Arizona — Road from Continental to Sonoita

This is an incredibly beautiful bird.  We were driving along the same road where I had seen the Phainopeplas.  It had turned from blacktop to gravel as it cut through the scrubby foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains.

I spotted the Vermilion Flycatcher as it flew past the van and landed on a low branch in a mesquite about 15 yards away.  I screamed for Mom to stop, and we watched it sit for a few minutes.  It then took off and disappeared.

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