So at least here are more of the good parts... and let's hope the week ahead is balanced.
|Does anyone else LOVE duck cheeks?|
|Discovered by a Queens Birder, this is the first one here since 1973!|
Normally this bird is a denizen of the sagebrush plains in the west.
|In the same family as mockingbirds, catbirds, and other thrashers, it very much resembles a mockingbird or brown thrasher.|
|It also makes funny faces.|
|It almost was behaving like it was coughing something up. But nothing came up.|
|What a lovely chance to see this bird and observe it for a little while. Two western birds in in the east over a span of 4 days days, for myself? I'll take it!|
|That speckled chest is just so lovely!|
|I wonder if it enjoyed the novelty of a tree, as they tend to prefer places where it is very brushy and not very dense with trees. They forage on the ground for insects but also fruits/berries.|
|What a special thing to see, glad my husband and I got to spot it together. Another one for the life list!|