It's a 5+ hour drive up to the site and all the way up I'm texting with Corey Finger who, along with Seth Ausubel, Isaac Grant, and Benjamin Van Doren, are an hour ahead of me. I get regular updates and when they get there they quickly see the bird and then see it fly away across the road and into some woods (!). Some updates are more helpful than others.
When I pull in to the site, the bird is not being seen and I have that most treasured of birding moments - 'arriving just after the rarity has left, and standing around with a bunch of people who've just seen it' while hoping that it comes back. In these situations the birders who have seen the bird traditionally discuss how wonderful the bird was, waxing lyrically about the glorious plumage and intriguing behaviors they saw. Gritting my teeth, I stand in the snow and wait, but probably let out a huge sigh of relief when Seth spots the bird returning to the feeders.
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