Thursday, December 23, 2010

Townsend's Solitaire (Gardner, Ma.) 12/23

I was very fortunate, today, to find a Townsend's Solitaire in Gardner, Ma. just after lunch! I was coming back from an interview and didn't expect to bird much and left the camera at home. Fortunately, I did have my cell phone and got Chcuk Caron, who headed over. Unfortunately the bird had disappeared and it took some time before Chuck saw it perched low in the brush on the far side of the field.

With Chuck's camera I was able to get the following:

Side view with pesky vine in the way.
More front on with view of stubby bill and eye ring.

The bird was a the intersection of Carter and Chapel St. in Gardner, a few hundered yards west of the junction of Rte 140 and Rte 101.


Larry said...

What a great state bird. Glad you got to see it and get some photos.

James P. Smith said...

Hey Tom,

That's a great find, especially for the Interior. I would admit to being envious! This species and Mountain Bluebird are two species that I thought could be found in Gill. Your find has given me a bit more incentive to check some likely spots.

Great work!


Tom Pirro said...

Good fortune was with me, I feel very fortunate to find such a nice bird locally! I was doublely fortunate that Chuck made it over so quickly and broguht his camera to document the photo.