The walk was really great, highlights included a common nighthawk flyover, quite a few warbler species, endless phoebes, and a flycatcher chasing a bat in broad daylight. We had very much gone over the 8am end time-- which no one ever complains about - but then came the tweet-- like the Twitter kind.
A fellow birder found a yellow-headed blackbird at Floyd Bennett Field among a flock of starlings. It's pretty big news. So, the tour ends and we all head our separate ways. Not going to lie, my luck with chasing-- not so great. So I decided to head home, fulfill my hunger (a hangry Jen is not a good thing) and keep an eye on tweets.
The bird was re-found and off I went...
|I arrived to it sitting inside a tree near the football fields and the temporary farm they set up at Floyd Bennett Field.|
|And it sat...|
Also, did I mention it is late September and 90 degrees outside? Can't blame it for being in the shade.
|So why were Brooklyn birders loosing their shit over this bird? Well- check out a range map- these birds don't really venture east. They are west coast birds. Who knows what brought this bird here, between the burning west coast and storms churning in the Atlantic messing with the winds-- this guy could have got caught on the wind mis-directing him, or maybe got caught up with a flock of other birds and stuck it out with them, arriving here.|
Actually the whole mystery behind birds and how they get off course is such a fascinating thing to think about.
See the life history of the yellow-headed blackbird here, from Cornell's All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-headed_Blackbird/id