Date: 10/2/18 9:36 pm
From: Jason Beason <aeronautes.saxatalis...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Fwd: [WYOBIRDS] Fork-tailed Flycatcher
You may be correct but I am trying to point out that we birders only cover
a tiny percentage of the total landscape and there is a good chance that
there are multiple Fork-tailed Flycatchers in CO/WY right now. It will be
interesting if photos can prove if this is the same individual.

Also, this location is very close to where a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was
found by same person (Stacey Scott) this time last year!

Jason Beason
Casper - Natrona County

On Tue, Oct 2, 2018 at 9:13 PM Nathan Pieplow <npieplow...> wrote:

> There are lots of cases of the exact same rare bird being seen hundreds of
> miles apart. The California Condor I found in Wyoming in July had been
> reported in central Utah ten days previously. In that case we know it was
> the same bird because it had a wing tag. And here are some other examples
> from a piece by Bill Schmoker and Jerry Liguori that we ran in *Colorado
> Birds* in 2010:
>
> "Occasionally a rarity is tracked photographically over a
> considerable distance. A juvenile Ivory Gull identifiable by its
> pattern of dark spotting spent much of February 2009 in
> Arcachon, France, then turned up in Cork County, Ireland in
> early March (Gantlett 2009). Between mid-August and October 2002,
> a juvenile Brown Pelican with a distinctive hole in the inner
> web of its left foot was tracked from Michigan though Quebec
> and Ontario and finally to New York (Wormington 2002). A
> leucistic Herring Gull found in July 1996 at Partridge Creek in
> central Yukon was spotted on 23 June 1997 at Whitehorse,
> southern Yukon, 645 km away. In addition to being leucistic, it
> had a pattern of flecking on its iris that allowed photographs
> to confirm its identity (Sinclair et al. 2003)."
>
> Source:
> https://cobirds.org/JournalArchives/2010-2019/2010%20Vol%2044/CB_2010_44_1_Jan.pdf
>
> On the day the Fork-tailed was seen in Fort Collins, the south winds were
> so strong and sustained that it was widely assumed the bird had continued
> on to Wyoming. I'd love to see whether photos can demonstrate whether or
> not it might be the same individual.
>
> Nathan Pieplow
> Boulder
>
> On Tue, Oct 2, 2018 at 9:59 PM Brandon <flammowl17...> wrote:
>
>> I wouldn't think there would be more than one Fork-tailed Flycatcher this
>> far north in the Colorado and Wyoming area, and since one was found north
>> of Fort Collins, and the bird was likely moving north, I'm not surprised
>> one showed up in Wyoming (I think several people thought it was heading to
>> Wyoming, after it was briefly seen in northern Colorado a few weeks ago).
>> This is a rare southern species, I doubt there would be two of them in the
>> Colorado/Wyoming area in the last few weeks, though I guess there could be
>> an invasion going on, of two of them, though unless the photos show it is
>> completely different looking, I'd bet on it being the same bird.
>>
>> Brandon K. Percival
>> Pueblo West, CO
>>
>> On Tue, Oct 2, 2018 at 9:51 PM Jason Beason <
>> <aeronautes.saxatalis...> wrote:
>>
>>> How can you assume this is the same bird? That seems like a pretty crazy
>>> assumption given distances between observation locations! Obviously, this
>>> is a rare bird this far north (for either state) but I think it would be
>>> nuts for the same bird to be found given the total amount of area and
>>> number of birders in the total amount of area. I may be way off here but
>>> just pointing out that we birders don't really cover a high percentage of
>>> the total landscape.
>>>
>>> I chased this bird this evening and didn't find it. I live only about 15
>>> miles from observation so had to try! Also, I just spoke with person who
>>> found bird and it was last seen at 5:30 pm today.
>>>
>>> Jason Beason
>>> Casper - Natrona County, WY
>>>
>>> On Tue, Oct 2, 2018 at 8:34 PM Brandon <flammowl17...> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Looks like the Fort Collins area Fork-tailed Flycatcher has appeared
>>>> near Casper, Wyoming. This almost certainly the same bird I would think.
>>>>
>>>> Brandon K Percival
>>>> Pueblo West, CO
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: Wyoming's Birder List [mailto:<WYOBIRDS...>] On
>>>> Behalf Of Hustace Scott
>>>> Sent: Tuesday, October 02, 2018 2:01 PM
>>>> To: <WYOBIRDS...>
>>>> Subject: (EXT)[WYOBIRDS] Fork-tailed Flycatcher
>>>>
>>>> I just saw a Fork-tailed Flycatcher in my fields SW of Casper. Zack has
>>>> excellent photos and will post them to EBIRD. The flycatcher is at the very
>>>> end of Shinn Rd, which is the road that heads east from 12 mile at the old
>>>> tree farm. The road heads due south about a mile east of 12 Mile. He spent
>>>> time on various posts and fence wires right around the cattle guard just
>>>> north of the huge brick house, and right where it says No Trespassing. Any
>>>> birder is welcome on Eagle Ridge Ranch land, and from that corner you can
>>>> see most of the spots where the bird was seen. I am working near that area
>>>> for the rest of the week, so I will know if he stays around. My phone
>>>> number is 262-0055.
>>>>
>>>> Stacey Scott
>>>> SW of Casper
>>>> __._,_.___
>>>>
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>>>>
>>>
>>> --
>>> Jason Beason
>>> Environmental Resources/Specialist I
>>> SWCA Environmental Consulting
>>> Casper, Wyoming
>>> Phone: 307-377-0303
>>>
>>> (~};)
>>>
>>
>>
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