[CT Birds] Old Fieldfare record for CT
mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Thu Mar 21 08:18:35 EDT 2013
Too bad. There could be a Fieldfare or a (European) Redwing in CT with the
migrating Am. Robins right now. We all just have to get out and look for it.
Awareness plays a big part in rarity-finding.
There was an old record for Fieldfare in CT (April 1878). In Zeranski &
Baptist's "Connecticut Birds" (1990), they list as "hypothetical" a specimen
collected April 1878 in Stamford. The current location of the specimen is
unknown. And at the time the species was possibly also kept as a caged bird,
though an April record suggests a wild bird.
I seem to recall the CT Avian Records Committee discussed this record years ago,
but I see no official decision in past archived reports. That's why the species
is (not yet) on the official state bird list. I invite others with better
memory to add details or comments to this.
MA has this one, but CT has had some mega rarities too:
1st U.S. Pink-footed Goose
1st U.S. Graylag Goose
to name a few.
By the way, birders should also be checking their local lakes and reservoirs, as
Pacific Loons are being reported all around us: 3 or 4 in Morris County, NJ, and
some in surrounding states as well.
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