The charming Least Flycatcher isn’t as large as other flycatchers, nor as brilliantly colored as migrating warblers in our area.
But the smallest flycatcher in the eastern portion of the United States stands out in the hedgerows and trees with its upright posture and bold white eyering.
Least Flycatchers are seen in our southeastern Michigan area at the same time as colorful warblers heading north to their breeding grounds.
And because many birders are on the lookout for warblers, they often overlook the Least Flycatcher with its white sidebars and yellowish wash on its white belly.
I’m a fan of the Least Flycatcher.
It’s a bird that pauses long enough on a branch for me to admire its coloring, posture, and markings before it flies off to another branch.
Where it perches long enough for me to get another good look at it.