Today I spent a lovely day with friend Rick Poulin, chasing a bird I’ve seen quite often in Central America but never in the ABA area. I have tried for this bird quite a few times on the east coast but was always unlucky. It either was not around when I got there and one time the bird was believed to have died.
I left to pick up Rick at 4am and we drove straight through arriving at 11am, in a blizzard. Undaunted we searched the area and were finally rewarded with great views of this bird, while it happily munched on berries.
What its doing on the banks of the Connecticut River in December is beyond me. It breeds from Central Mexico to Central Argentina and in some parts of its range moves northward in winter and they are known to wander widely occurring annually in the east.
Special thanks to The Rottino Family, whose great directions led us right to the bird.
Thanks Rick, great company and conversation
Ciao for now………