Having just returned from a trip to chase rarities, Kirtland's Warblers, Henlow's Sparrows, Lark Sparrows and the like, I had no idea we would find an unusual bird in my old hometown.
|Kingbird: definitely not an Eastern, or a Great Crested Flycatcher.|
|Marblehead Lighthouse, Ohio's most photographed location.|
We were hoping for some cuckoos and thought the lighthouse might be a good potential location.
What is that in the dead limbs of a Basswood tree?
Instead, I noted a flycatcher,that was "too big" and "too bright". I asked Michael to take a look; he's birded everywhere, man. (Insert Johnny Cash song here.)
"Cool," I said. "We don't have those here."
The speculation on Facebook has created quite a stir and honestly I cannot say "what" I saw at this time, except- that ain't no Eastern Kingbird.
So here you go, arm-chair birders: enjoy this series of totally un-touched photos. I have not adjusted color, I have only cropped their size. We will get Michael Godfrey's video up as soon as he has processed it
We are awaiting the experts opinions, as I have little to no experience with these birds. I only know this is not a bird regularly seen in Ohio.
Happy birding! I am wishing you a rarity, too.