Thursday, March 7, 2013

Townsend’s Solitaire

In December 2011, I posted about seeing a Townsend’s Solitaire at the Carpenter Nature Center in Washington County, Minnesota. I do not have much to add to my previous account of this bird’s biology. Yesterday, following leads on the MOU listserv, Erika and I visited St. Mary’s Cemetery in Minneapolis. Since the trail was a couple of days old, we were not overly optimistic for success.  In the cemetery, we were stopped by another visiter, who asked, “Are you looking for the solitaire?”  “Yes,” we replied. “I just saw it, follow me!” After a very short wait, the solitaire flew to the top of a very tall cedar.  Later it moved to the top of a nearby deciduous tree. We do not often chase after birds reported on the listserv, but this year we are three for three—Boreal Owl, screech-owl, and solitaire—with a little help from our fellow birders. This camaraderie is certainly one of the attractions of birding.

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