Friday, July 16, 2010

Orange-billed Nightingale Thrush

Pics to prove I'm not crazy . . . well maybe the pics won't do that.

Orange-billed Nightingale Thrush-an extremely rare bird north of the border, let alone in South Dakota.



This bird has been singing frequently along Iron Creek in South Dakota, but I have only had a select few sightings. Finally, today he was ready to be photographed.

-Eric



12 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Congrats on your sighting!

Fly or Die Dan said...

Wow, that's ridiculous. I have seen my fair share of these in Guatemala as well as Ruddy-capped. I'm from Jersey and I don't know how well documented this bird is yet, but can you list some of the field marks that might be absent in the photos? Awesome sighting!

Chris W said...

Eric, it would be a good idea to post a written documentation of this bird along with your photos.
Did you get any recordings of it's song? You're gonna need everything you can get on this bird to get it past the ABA records committee.

I posted your sighting to SD-birds. If you post more details on the exact location and a write-up on it, I can then post that to SD-birds for you.

Andrew Arnold said...

Eric, can you give details about location and more specifics that give you reason to believe it is an orange billed nightingale thrush. If you are really confident of the bird this would be worthy of an aba rare bird alert post. I imagine many would want to see this bird.

Magpie said...

Yeah, this is a continent-level rarity. Try to get recordings!

NatureFootstep said...

well, to catch a rare bird like that one is happy for every photo you can get. :)

mick said...

It's great to see a rare bird but even better to get some photos!

MaineBirder said...

Congrats on the rare find!

Larry said...

Wow, great find Eric! Good luck getting it into the record book!

Halcyon said...

How lucky to see one. Sweet!

Lana Gramlich said...

*LOL @ "ready to be photographed."* I think he's still being very shy, myself. Good luck with it, regardless!

Radd Icenoggle said...

You are to be commended for your find and documentation...great job. Now I just have to get to the Black Hills.