WERC A Silky Flycatcher with a Mistletoe Berry
A female silky flycatcher with a mistletoe berry in her beak. These flycatchers are intimately tied to mistletoe. They build their beautiful cup nests (much like a large hummingbird nest) within the mistletoe, or nearby. The young hatch during February when the mistletoe may be in flower and supply a rich source of insect nutrients for growing young. The rest of the year, and especially during winter, many types of birds including flycatchers and bluebirds rely on mistletoe berries for sustenance.