A most interesting question was posed to me by a birding friend. I could not guess the answer despite some pretty good tries on my part. I open the question up to you.
The email, received on May 7 at 6:15AM, reads verbatim:
“RE: NEW YARD BIRD
‘This morning – flying with three of another related species (those were interesting enough in themselves). It was still a little dark out there; I would have missed it had it not been for the three companions. They all lit so I could get the scope on them to confirm the ID.”
Here are some hints:
1. The birder lives in upstate New York, in the northeast US.
2. The birder was at home when the sighting was made.
3. Habitat … the birder lives along the Hudson River, and so has good views of the river. This area is also a migrant corridor for land birds.
4. With 207 on the yard list already, new ones are hard to come by.