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Monday, November 29, 2010

Two Lifers

In and around NY, CT and ajoining areas the buzz has been all about the vagrant Fork-tailed Flycatcher. Like everyone else I was hoping to get a chance at seeing this bird. Since my family lives in CT I made the decision to wait until Thanksgiving when I would be passing right by Cove Island Wildlife Sanctuary. However, prior to Thursday I was nervously checking daily to see if the bird was still there. Unbelievably he was. What a thrill to hang out and watch this beautiful bird. I was even able to take my mom to see it on Friday. She had been reading about it in her local newspaper. Thankfully the spot where the bird hangs out is really close to the parking lot which was great for my mom who tires easily. Thanks also to Mardi Dickinson of Kymry~A Look in Time  who gave excellent directions. I was able to meet Mardi and her husband on Thursday. I'm just hoping that this little guy can figure out his directions and head south before it gets too cold or snowy.

Fork-tailed Flycatcher

I picked this picture because you can see the different lengths of the tail feathers. As this guy matures his tail feathers will lengthen.
 The other lifer for me was a pair of Hooded Mergansers. On the way to my sister's for dinner we passed the old Cobb's Mill Inn that has a pond right behind it. I got a brief glimpse of a bird (since I was driving couldn't look too closely). I remarked to my mom I wonder what that bird is. She said it was one with a funny head. I was intrigued. So the following day I made a point to stop at the place. There was the pair enjoying a swim and dive. Mom says there are usually a whole flock of them, but I only saw the pair. What beautiful birds. While the bird breeds not too far distant from NYC, it does winter here and in CT on wooded lakes, ponds, rivers; and in winter tidal creeks and estuaries.

Just after I snapped this the female gave the male a good jab in the tail feathers. He got out of her way quickly

The female. She is just beautiful! Her coloring is subtler
A handsome fellow!


Dixxe said...

Oh....what part of Brooklyn are you in? I lived in Sea Gate down the end of Coney Island from 2002-2006 then thank goodness I was able to move back to SC and out of NYC-Great beach there for seeing the Great Black Back Gull in winter.. like you I love birds and have for most of my life became avid in the 90's. Love the photos! Two great life birds!! Seen the ScissorTailed but wow that forked tail is awesome!!

forestal said...

very nice photos Cynthia :)


Cindy said...

Dixxe, Thanks for visiting. I live closer to the Brooklyn Bridge and near the very toxic Gowanus Canal. Amazing how many birds pass through the back yard. Many more than I ever imafined.

Thanks Dan. Have you made a trip to see the Fork-tailed? It is worth the trip.

Andrea said...

Congratulations! Looks like you had a great Thanksgiving!

The Early Birder said...

Whow...aren't you the lucky one. Two nice species to add to your list. FAB.

Cindy said...

Andrea, thanks, wish you had benn there.

Thanks, Frank, it was a real priviledge to see such a rare and gorgeous bird. Thanks for visiting.

Kelly said...

How cool!!! A Fork-tailed amazing-looking bird. I'd love to spy one someday...soon!