I always look forward to seeing and photographing Eastern Kingbirds (Tyrannus tyrannus) during the warmer months of the year. I was fortunate to see a few yesterday at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in northern Utah.

Perched Eastern KingbirdPerched Eastern Kingbird – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Eastern Kingbirds and their close relative; Western Kingbirds, are not timid, in fact the will chase off and attack much larger birds than themselves.

This bird was kind enough to perch on an old, weatherworn fencepost yesterday and I couldn’t resist photographing it.



  1. Julie Brown June 23, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I love kingbirds! Is it unusual to get easterns that far west?

    • Mia McPherson June 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Julie, Westerns stay mostly out west but Eastern Kingbirds range from the East Coast to the West. They number a bit less out here than the Westerns but they are not at all uncommon. Thanks for commenting!

  2. Dan Huber June 23, 2012 at 4:30 am

    I love these birds too (have one that hangs out on the deck of new house) I love how you captured his eye watching you.

    • Mia McPherson June 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      Dan, I am tickled that you have an Eastern Kingbird hanging out on the deck of your new house, that is awesome. Thanks much for your comment.

  3. Susan June 21, 2012 at 4:57 pm


  4. Syl June 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    What a smart snazzy little bird he be..love the shot..

    • Mia McPherson June 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      Thank you Syl, they are snazzy!

  5. Merrill Ann Gonzales June 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    What a perfect shot… every feather… Lovely. Thanks for sharing such treasures with us.

    • Mia McPherson June 22, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      Merrill, it is my pleasure to share nature! Thanks for commenting.

  6. Laurence Butler June 21, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Absolutely love these birds! Great shot, you do em’ proud.

    • Mia McPherson June 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      They are pretty dapper! Thank you Laurence.

  7. Susan Dietrich Schneider June 21, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Mia ~
    I love it that you glorify the common birds as well as the rare!

  8. judy watson June 21, 2012 at 5:54 am

    What luck, Mia! We want it on a fence post too but they are always on the wire fence.
    Great pic!

    • Mia McPherson June 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      Judy, I have a lot of “Bird on a Wire” images! Thanks for your comment.

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