On our way home from the Cape on New Year’s Day, Jim Orrico and I stopped off at Sachuest NWR near Newport, RI for a Green-tailed Towhee that has spent the last few weeks in the campground just before the refuge entrance.
Around ten other birders were present when we arrived. The towhee wasn’t in view at the moment, giving us the opportunity to enjoy some other wintering species including American Tree and Ipswich Savannah Sparrow while we waited.
After around 25 minutes of waiting the Green-tailed Towhee flew in and gave decent views as it wandered through the shrubbery. Soon, the Towhee appeared out in the open and we got great looks at the beautiful green wings and tail and rufous cap.
After a while the Towhee had disappeared back into the shrubbery. We decided to take the loop out to the point in search of some uncommon waterfowl recently reported in the area. We got great looks at Harlequin Ducks (the best I’ve ever had of this species), Horned Grebes and Common Eiders among others.