Record birds represent an interesting facet of ornithology and bird migration. How did the bird get here? How is it surviving in a strange environment? What is compelling it to stay? Are we even sure this is a rare bird? Not that I have any answers to these questions. I think its worth reflecting on the voyage that this migrant has made before it leaves and hopefully returns to its flock.
That last one was inspired by what I always say when I see a rare bird. Am I sure that's a rare bird? For this BCHU, I am fairly certain that it is a rare bird. Since it was a CT First I decided to fill out a Rare Bird Report Form. Even if this form wasn't the best one, I really enjoyed the experience of filling out the form. As a closing, I leave you with a selection from said form. Until the next time...
"Since CT is home to the Ruby-Throated that was the first bird that I compared the bird I found to. The first thing that I noticed was the unusual chin markings and eye markings. The Chin markings are the ones that lead to me to verify that this is a BCHU. They are clearly different from a RTHU and the photos match the descriptions found in Sibley’s Bird Guide. "
A Black-Chinned Hummingbird in Connecticut
In Flight and Feeding
A Real Joy to Behold, a Texas Treat in Connecticut