12/11/10 – Mountain Bluebird and Calliope Hummingbird

Nope, this was not a memoir of birding out west. These were seen on a great day of birding in Connecticut!

Yesterday, I got the opportunity to chase the Mountain Bluebird at Bradley Int. Airport found by Rollin Tebbetts. During the week, birders had had run-ins with state police and officials about the location they were in. Rollin made special arrangements for people to view the bird for four hours Saturday morning. I knew I had to take advantage of this!

Jim Orrico and I left early Saturday morning. In just over an hour we made it to Bradley but in the case of finding the bird, it took much longer than that! After two and a half hours of waiting, scanning and some more scanning we decided to head off for the Guilford Calliope. The scope was in the trunk and we were about to get in when someone yelled, “I GOT IT!!!.” Around fifty birders charged down the hill to view this bird. Soon I was looking at a Mountain Bluebird. But as for looks, well I’ve had better.

Our initial look


Rollin then led us to a closer side road, in an attempt at getting better looks at the bird. Although the Mountain Bluebird was still silhouetted we were able to see the bird at close range, much better than before. Soon people began to leave but we stuck around in hopes of getting better looks. And we were rewarded when the Bluebird flew onto a marker in the field and showed its absolutely beautiful blue wings. Well worth the wait!

Mountain Bluebird

Another look at the beautiful Mountain Bluebird

My shots do not do this bird justice. For some better shots, check out Rollin’s photos.  Soon we were off again, bound for a Calliope Hummingbird that has been frequenting a house in Guilford. Dave Hursh joined us for this leg, and within twenty minutes, we were enjoying a gorgeous Calliope Hummingbird.

Calliope Hummingbird

Another successful day of birding in CT! Thanks to Rollin for making it possible to view the bluebird and to Hank Kranichfeld for allowing birders to see the Calliope. Shows what cooperation can do!




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5 Responses to 12/11/10 – Mountain Bluebird and Calliope Hummingbird

  1. Eamon says:

    Very Nice! Great birds.

  2. Judy says:

    Have you seen the Calliope Hummingbird since the storm?

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