My friend, Lee McEachern, and his wife are in Colombia studying Spanish prior to some extended trips in Latin America. He just emailed me this note and the following image:
” I’ve noticed a particularly pretty little bird a few times in our walks around the parks of Medellin. I can’t supply the identification, despite all my online searches. But I thought you’d like this little guy as much as I do. It seems to stay in lower branches, as far as I can tell, inspecting the ground for little insects that it dives down, hovers over momentarily and then plucks. I might actually be wrong about that because I haven’t seen the behavior much. It might be catching flying insects near the ground like a flycatcher; not sure. I don’t have a good camera with me; just a little point-and-shoot. But here’s what I got of this pretty guy:”
I was happy to tell Lee that this is a Vermilion Flycatcher, which can be seen in the southwestern U.S. and much of Central and tropical South America. I’ve seen this bird in at least 3 countries myself including the Galapagos and Texas. Last winter there was a vagrant Vermilion in the Sacramento Valley!