We Didn't Expect This!

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Last time we told you to “Expect the Unexpected”  , but we certainly didn’t expect this.  A Couch’s Kingbird was spotted for the first time ever in New York and it happens that this bird has been hanging out in the West Village on Lower Manhattan for several weeks before it was identified as this rare and spectacular flycatcher that should be in Texas or Mexico right now.  If a Couch’s Kingbird can hang out undiscovered for several weeks on Manhattan Island who knows what else could be lurking in your local patch of habitat!

This is just one of several western or southwestern vagrants that are being seen in the Northeast in recent weeks.  Relatively mild conditions and a predominant southwest flow extended the Thanksgiving rarity season into the New Year. http://wxedge.com/2014/11/17/november-is-prime-time-for-rare-birds/ but that is all about to change.

The weather pattern will now be shifting to a colder one, and certainly at least in the short term this week, which will have a big impact on which birds remain in our area and what new arrivals we could expect.  Stay tuned to WXedge.com for the latest on the forecast and to the Winter Bird Forecast for what it means for birds and birding in our area

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The Winter Bird Forecast is brought to you by Audubon Connecticut http://audubonct.org/ the state office of the National Audubon Society (www.audubon.org). As part of the nationwide Audubon network, Audubon Connecticut works to promote better understanding and conservation of species such as the Snowy Owl. Audubon Connecticut’s Winter Bird Forecast is provided in partnership with the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History http://rtpi.org/.   

To learn more about what this week’s birding weather has in store for us, please see the following slides.

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