Bird #242 — Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

tyrannus (king) forficatus (scissors)

Tuesday, May 3, 1983 — 7:30 pm

Conway, Arkansas — Happy Valley Road

On a beautiful evening, and my wife and I took a walk after supper.  The flycatchers were sitting on a wire fence along the road.  They flew out into a nearby pasture and landed on the ground on a small rise.  One landed on a pile of cow manure, then flew to another fence.  When they sat, their tails were folded.  When they flew, their tails fanned open.  They were as awesome-looking as I had anticipated.

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