Well then! We did indeed get to see the Tufted Flycatcher this week while we were hanging out in Big Bend National Park. For all you birders out there, you probably know about this guy. For the non-birders...Tufted Flycatchers don't generally make their way up to North America. This is only the 5th record of one in the United States (they occur in middle/high elevations in Mexico down to South America).
This is the second record for Big Bend (in West Texas, on the Rio Grande) and was found about a month ago. We spotted him pretty easily - he was flying around like a hyperactive phoebe snagging bugs. (it was like a flycatcher rally...vermilions, a dusky and gray, ash-throated, and say's, eastern, and black phoebes all around). Really, really cute little guy. Quite the looker. I mean, come on, look at that crest!
Anyway, Zac and I were both pretty excited to see him make an appearance in one of our favorite places. Not a life bird (we saw one in Costa Rica in 2008) but new for the US. Very cool stuff.