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Brown-crested Flycatcher Nestbox Cam

UPDATE 6/15/2019: Thank you for following along with Whit and Whurl’s journey! It started out rocky when three out of four eggs did not hatch. But the one lucky chick had all of the parents’ attention and grew strong fast. At 17 days old the chick has left the nest to join its parents!

Whit and Whurl are Brown-crested Flycatchers located north of Tucson, Arizona. Their names come from the way their various calls and songs sound. Whit is the female and Whurl is the male although they look identical. Brown-crested Flycatchers come into Southeast Arizona for the breeding season and their breeding range doesn’t expand much further north. They are a cavity nester who create a unique nest made out of furs they find.

This live-feed camera is part of Tucson Audubon’s Desert Nestbox Initiative and is made possible by donations.

Questions or comments? Email us at nestbox@tucsonaudubon.org

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June 15, 2019. The chick fledges the nest at 17 days old

June 13, 2019. The chick starts to sound like an adult

June 12, 2019. The chick learns to fly

June 11, 2019. Feeding the hungry chick in the wee hours of the morning

June 10, 2019. Can see both parents at the same time with food delivery

June 4, 2019. After 7 days it looks like the other 3 eggs are infertile. One chick is healthy and growing. Read about fecal sac behavior in video description.

May 29, 2019. Feeding of the day old chick

May 28, 2019. Newly hatched chick makes its way around the nest. TIMELAPSE

May 28, 2019. First chick hatches at 5:25 pm! Watch it make its way out of the shell!

May 21, 2019. Whit enters the nestbox chattering away to communicate with her mate who protects the nestbox from outside.

May 13, 2019. Whit is now spending the night in the nestbox with the eggs, incubating. In this clip she is turning the eggs to warm them on all sides.

May 13, 2019. One egg a day was laid May 10-13 totalling 4 eggs. In this clip Whit is tidying up the nest while incubating the eggs.

May 10, 2019. Whit lays her first egg!

May 4, 2019. Brown-crested Flycatchers building a nest

March 25, 2019. Gila woodpecker removing wood shavings from nestbox

March 25, 2019. Gila woodpecker checking out the nestbox

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Tucson, AZ 85742

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447

color_square_face_right

Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447