Monday, December 19, 2016

VT - CBC surprise, a Townsend's Solitaire!

 Townsend's Solitaire - Westminster West, Windham Co., VT. December 19th, 2016.

Evening Grosbeaks provided the primary motivation for a short roadside stop in the quiet rural surroundings of Westminster West. The birds were right on the main road through the village and most easily viewed on foot, a smart move indeed because the same stop produced a Townsend's Solitaire which would have almost certainly been missed had we stayed the vehicle.




Townsend's Solitaire - Westminster West, Windham Co., VT. December 19th, 2016.

Townsend's Solitaire is a state rarity in Vermont with about five or so records to date, and certainly a super surprise for today's CBC team of Laura Gaudette, Suzanne Heller, JoAnne Russo and myself. Ironically, the bird occurred in a brand new sector of the Saxton's River CBC, a sector that looks set to be an established route in the future.