I was lucky enough to have today off from school and was considering going into New York City to see the Varied Thrush in Central Park. I gave Jim Orrico a call and we decided to give it a go.
Upon arrival, it was fairly easy to find the bird’s location as it was being followed by a crowd of birders. We were soon looking at a beautiful Vaired Thrush, a bird of the Pacific Northwest that regularly “vagrates” to the eastern part of the continent. We had great looks as it scratched about in the leaf litter. Note: my crummy photos DO NOT do this bird justice.
As we were enjoying the thrush, news circulated about a Yellow-breasted Chat being seen in the Boathouse Cafe parking lot. We immediately headed over and after waiting 10 minutes of waiting the Chat flew in and proceeded to give fantastic looks, the best I’ve ever had of this species.
A fantastic day of birding in the city!