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.


wornwinger said...

fantastic shots,this is why you need a descent camera to do birding right.

Anonymous said...

I'm so jealous. :(

Looks like we'll have 50+ degree temps for our Christmas count next weekend, wish us luck.

Have a great New Year's!

FAB said...

A lovely Xmas present. I'll have to wait until March for this species to return to the UK.

Kathie Brown said...

Oh, how wonderful! What a "gift" to see it. I am surprised at how subtle the colors are compared to pictures in bird guides. Merry Christmas to you both! I heard a mountian bluebird was seen at Bradly International Airport in CT a couple of weeks ago! Do you suppose they blew out ahead of this recent storm?

Chris Petrak said...

Wow - the birding gods were smiling on you - yellow crowned, then wheatear - how can you stand all that good fortune in such a short span of time!! Thanks for taking the time to leave you kind comments on my blog. Happy New Year!

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

Thanks, Chris. Happy New Year to you and yours!
W and L

Dave said...

Happy New Years kids! I'm glad we didn't get your snow here, though the Wheatear would have been nice!