Western Kingbird right over the border!

For the sake of the Fairfield big year, it’s too bad that a Western Kingbird, found by an unnamed ebird user and confirmed this morning, chose its hangout to be right over the Westport/Fairfield line. However, it was not like I was going to pass up a 10 mile round trip bike ride to see a bird who’s closest breeding grounds are in Missouri. Arriving just after 7:30, I joined Scott Kruitbosch who was just entering the field to view the bird. We met Bill Asteriades out there and together we re found the WEKI (Bill had it earlier) and got great looks including seeing the bird pick up a few fairly large insects and chasing off a few Eastern Bluebirds.

note the diagnostic white outer tail feathers and BLACK tail

note the lighter gray head and breast (as opposed to Cassin's)

note the extension of gray/white EASILY ruling out Tropical/Couch's. Also note tail and bill shape (bill only really applies to Couch's although the bills on Couch's I've seen are definitely not this "dainty" and small, although of a similar shape but on a smaller scale)

Eastern Bluebird

After the WEKI, I spent a few minutes attempting to locate the previously reported Yellow-breasted Chat with Scott K. Although we didn’t connect with the chat, the main tree farm area was quite birdy with highlights including a number of Cedar Waxwings, American Robins, a couple Hermit Thrushes, my first American Tree Sparrow of the season, among others.

I then wandered around the Southport area for a while. Southport Beach held two Greater Yellowlegs, 2 Forster’s Terns over the sound and an odd 2nd-cycle Ring-billed Gull. The harbor was quite devoid of birds with the adjacent golf course holding a few Killdeers and Black-bellied Plovers. One of these days I have to make a real attempt for Horned Lark in the Sasco Beach/Ffld Country Club area!

I then found my way to the Pine Creek area. Hurrying to get to Sunday dinner in time, I found the place not particularly birdy. Highlights included a very late Nashville Warbler and a Winter Wren.

Monk Parakeet; a species on the rise in the Northeast. Looking back at my records, I've seen a slight increase in personal sightings over the past few years but nothing that mirrors the increase in this region


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One Response to Western Kingbird right over the border!

  1. Deanna says:

    What a beautiful little bird! I can see why you rode ten miles on your bike to view it. So happy it was hanging around waiting for you to get some photos. Thinking of you today…..hang in there guy!

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