Thursday, December 2, 2010

An Awesome Rarity and a Few Lakefront Birds

Last night my friend Chad and I decided to chase a rare bird that had been reported in Marshall County, Indiana. He met me at my apartment at 7am and we started our 2.5 hour drive to an Amish farm outside of Bremen, Indiana.

As we pulled into the driveway, we noticed that a couple of other birders were present. Before we could even start looking around another 4 birders pulled in. It only took 20 minutes of looking around before we found this beautiful Vermilion Flycatcher. Over the next hour we got wonderful views of the bird and it approached closely enough for us to take some awesome pictures.

This bird was originally reported by the property owner and a couple of birders were able to check it out. On Tuesday, it was reported on the Indiana Birding Listserv and quite a few birders were able to see the bird on Wednesday. The homeowners are very graciously allowing all birders to come and see the flycatcher. The home is located at 660 4th Drive, Bremen, IN. They have a huge driveway for everyone to park in. This is private property. Please be respectful so that they will invite us all back if they ever have another rare bird! This is the 3rd state record for this species and the first since 2004. Hopefully it will head on to warmer climates soon!

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

Next we decided to head to Lake Michigan to make a stop at Michigan City Harbor. There were pretty much no birds at the harbor and the only highlight was the resident Peregrine Falcon. Since we didn't have all that much luck at the harbor we decided to take a drive down Beverly Drive to look for a Northern Shrike that had been reported recently. We found the bird easily and got great looks at this lifer for Chad!

All in all it was a great day with two exceptional birds!

-Rob

4 comments:

Chad said...

What an awesome day! A Vermilion Flycatcher and a Northern Shrike - LIFER for me! Thanks for inviting me along!

Kelly said...

...I was just over a Chad's site and saw his post on the Vermilion Flycatcher. What a bird to see in the snow!! Your photos are so beautiful too.

eileeninmd said...

Wow, what a great sighting. Congrats. Sounds like a wonderful day of birding.

The Zen Birdfeeder said...

Great bird. Especially gorgeous against the snow! Lucky you