• Peak Breeding Activity: April-July
• Nest Construction: May-June
• Young Hatch: May-June; they are altricial, and require their parents' care
• Number of Eggs: 3-4
• Eggs Produced: 2 broods in a year are typical
• Migration Patterns: Seasonal resident. Peak of the migration south is in August and September.
The Acadian flycatcher ranges in size, from 5 to 6 inches tall. The body is generally an olive-green color on top and whitish-yellow underneath. Acadian flycatchers are identified primarily by their distinctive call - a loud, explosive Peet-sa!
Habitat and Habits
The Acadian flycatcher 's preferred habitat is the understory of moist, mature forests. This songbird is often found along streams, but it also occurs on drier sites. It is most abundant in the heavily forested areas of eastern Ohio.
This species avoids edge habitats and will not be found in woods less than 25-30 acres in extent.
Reproduction and Care of the Young
Breeding pairs exhibit a decided preference for the interiors of extensive woodlands. The nests are normally placed at heights of 10-20 feet, suspended from the outer limbs of saplings overhanging small streams or ravines. Most clutches are laid during June, with the young hatching by the last week of the month. The young usually fledge in July. Renesting attempts or second broods can produce nests with eggs into the first half of July.