Re: Strange birds in the northeast:
These occurrences have been happening for decades with a different mix and
the cast of characters each year. I agree that there have been more frequent
sightings of western rarities recently. I think a lot of current sightings
come because we have a more alert and knowledgeable crowd of birders out
there. More field guides now cover birds from the whole continent and
beyond. So we are more aware that there are familiar species look-a-likes
from the far west that should be considered.
And I believe that it's more than a coincidence that rare birds tend to show
up at feeders, at popular birding spots, and during popular birding events
such as Christmas Bird Counts. The rarities are out there, all we need to do
is find them and know what they are when we do.
The Greene County,
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From: Vermont Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Gregory R.
Sent: Monday, December 18, 2006 8:13 AM
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Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Article about calliope hummingbird occurrance in CT
There seems to be an abundance of out-of-range Westerners in New
England right now. Both the Maine and Mass rare bird alerts have
reports of multiple Western Tanagers and a single Ash-throated
flycatcher for each state. There have also been reports of (a) Bell's
Vireo in Mass. Anyone have hypotheses as to what could account for
such an influx of occidentals?
Quoting Sharon Stichter <[log in to unmask]>:
> Hi Vermont birders,
> On the New England Hummers website www.nehummers.com I have kept a
> log of all the out-of-range hummingbirds reported in New England
> this year --- there are quite a few, including a Rufous in Maine,
> and another Calliope and a Black-chinned in Massachusetts. I have
> posted many photos of these birds, banding accounts, and first and
> last dates if known. Just go to the website and click on the
> Out-of-Range Hummingbirds page. One of these years, a
> non-Ruby-throat is going to show up in Vermont!
> Sharon Stichter
> Newbury, MA
> -------------- Original message --------------
> From: Ellen Jareckie <[log in to unmask]>
>> Below is a link to an abstract of an article that ran in this past
>> Connecticut Hartford Courant entitled Ornithological Humdiggers.
>> The abstract is
>> the free version of the article but long enough to give a good
>> accounting of the
>> sighting of a Calliope hummingbird observed for six days in New
>> Haven, Ct. The
>> article also mentions the documented occurrence of 5 rufous in CT this
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