Image name: ScissortailedFlycatcher

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, White Rock Lake, Dallas, Texas

In North Texas, the unofficial start of Spring occurs when the first Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is seen. Male scissor-tails have much longer tails than juveniles or females. Those tails help them maneuver sharply while chasing airborne insects. This male flew into a tree and began preening his feathers to impress female scissor-tails (as well as a nearby photographer).