Thursday, July 9, 2015

A Fork-tailed Flycatcher in Indiana

Eric writes: As soon as Indiana's second state record Fork-tailed Flycatcher was reported, the chase was on.  Aidan Rominger, Rob, and I had been out birding central Indiana when we got the report.  It had been a good day for central Indiana in June; more than 10 species of warblers and a Veery (uncommon Indy breeder) were the highlights.

We had a 2.5 hour drive to the flycatcher location.  During this time the bird was reported to have left the original location.  We had a decision to make; keep driving south and have faith the bird would be re-found, or bail and head back north.  We decided we might as well give it a shot.  As soon as we arrived, we started our search around the original location.  Within a few minutes, we got a report, the bird had been relocated!  We rushed over to the new location to find a small group of birders watching the bird.  After many years of hoping to see this species in the US, it was a very satisfying day.

Fork-tailed Flycatcher
The Fork-tailed Flycatcher from Indiana

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