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Discussion: this guy

in: PG; PG > 2019-06-04

Jun 5, 2019 2:27 AM # 
Audubon has almost the exact same pose, which is the first image that comes up for me when I search on the name of the bird. Although theirs is on the more stereotypical barbed wire.
Jun 5, 2019 11:07 AM # 
You mean like this (dining on a grasshopper)?

Jun 5, 2019 10:15 PM # 
Exactly. I wonder if their range expanded when barbed wire was introduced, so that they were no longer constrained to areas with thorny vegetation. Also, if I understand correctly, they were more common around here when you were a kid.
Jun 6, 2019 12:06 PM # 
Apparently they were. Info from a guy that's into this stuff -- "Got home so can check Veit and Peterson now. Paraphrasing from them: Loggerheads were a breeding resident, but a rare one, in the Berkshires and Valley through the early 20th century. The state's last several breeding records were nearly all in Essex County in 1956-7, plus one last brood fledged in 1971. Reports of migrants went from up to 10 per year in the 1960s, to just 1-2 per year from 1975 until their book's publication in 1993." And apparently just a handful this century.

And the local pro.

It's all been very interesting, and fun. Met a few folks I wouldn't have otherwise. And while birders are certainly weird, I think they would come in quite far behind orienteers in that regard. :-)
Jun 6, 2019 1:31 PM # 
Wow, you are a local birding celebrity!
Jun 6, 2019 5:39 PM # 
So exciting!
Jun 7, 2019 11:28 AM # 
Well spotted!

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