Friday afternoon I did get a break when Andrew Baksh posted a WESTERN KINGBIRD at Breezy Point and I was able to rush down there and, after a tense 45-minute search in high winds, found the bird in a sheltered area near the original site (NYS 2012 #344). No (in focus) photos unfortunately but I was very relieved to get that bird, worried that I might have missed it this year already.
Friday night, looking at the weather, I was convinced that we were going to get something the next day so hit Jones Beach Saturday morning with a heady sense of anticipation. There were certainly lots of birds - many, many thousands of migrant passerines - but nothing terribly unexpected.
|Odd 'white-faced' Yellow-rumped Warbler (2 shots)|
When I got home, I was still surprised and disappointed that no-one had manage to turn up a Western vagrant all day. Then the phone range, and I did in fact hear about a Western vagrant after-all. Isaac Grant called me to say that he briefly had a Western Tanager in his yard on Staten Island today but hadn't been able to re-find it for some hours now. While I'd have loved to get that, I'm glad that the forecast came somewhat true in the end (and no, I'm not commenting on the Wood Sandpiper in Rhode Island) ....