Sunday, December 26, 2010
A late, but very nice, Christmas present
Yes, a Northern Wheatear, an extremely rare bird on the North American east coast. And there it was, for the viewing, in Wilmington, Delaware, less than 2 hours' drive from the Lovenest.
Princess, Kathie Lambert and Warren threw aside concerns about the east coast snowstorm, shuffled off our post-Christmas lethargy and bundled into "Pipit," our trusty Ford Escape hybrid, this morning, hoping the Wheatear hadn't flown before the storm.
When we got to Fox Point State Park, there it was like a shiny present. Other birders (we felt sorry for them, honest) had waited 90 minutes in the bitter cold for the bird to show. That was about 15 minutes before we got there.
We watched this lovely bird forage for a while.
It politely crept closer so Warren could get some nice shots.
And then it was back into "Pipit," as we raced southward to get home before the snow really started falling.