Monday, 23 November 2015

Twitching in Connecticut !

November in Connecticut can be an interesting time, especially for vagrants and rarities.
My trip here was not really for birding as myself and my son Tom were here to renovate Gina's basement. We had a few days off finding a couple of Sandhill Cranes on one day, and a flock of 95 Snow Buntings with a Lapland Longspur on another day. We missed out on what was a one day invasion of Franklin's Gulls as we were out of state that day.
Today however we made up for this by twitching a superb Ash-throated Flycatcher in Sherwood Island State Park, in Westport, Connecticut. The bird had been around for at least 4 or 5 days but this was our first opportunity to go and look for it. After an anxious 20 minutes we eventually found the bird and enjoyed superb views in the excellent afternoon light. This is the photo Gina took as my camera is out of action.