Just before New Years, this stunningly colorful bird appeared in our persimmon tree, outside the living room of the main farm house. Called my friend Marisella (my Christmas Bird Count buddy) who came out to see him for herself, and left with these gorgeous photos.
We have plenty of seeds, fruit and insects, but we’re not even close to their known habitat…. the EAST coast, as far west as the Mississippi River, and definitely far away from his winter home in central America. According to another bird person friend, __”I suspect it was a ‘late hatch’ and got left behind in it’s home state and was carried here on the wind somehow…… it happens with the grossbeaks we have.. (the blackheaded) adults leave in early August but the second group of hatchlings hang out often for weeks more … but not MONTHS! Hope there are some peanut kernals around to help it survive the cold… doesn’t look like it’s going to leave.. it’s directional /instinctual coordinates are ‘off’ “