Date: 11/5/19 1:08 pm
From: Joe Roller <jroller9...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] What's the deal on this rare Red-flanked Bluetail in nearby Wyoming?
DuWayne,
FYI, four birders saw the Red-flanked Bluetail today in Laramie,
as recently as 12:12, and reported that to eBird at the stakeout hotspot.
So it is alive and well.

Joe Roller, Denver

On Tue, Nov 5, 2019 at 1:49 PM DuWayne Worthington <
<duwayne.worthington...> wrote:

> Has anyone seen the blue-tail today?
>
> On Tue, Nov 5, 2019 at 7:45 AM Joe Roller <jroller9...> wrote:
>
>> Several of you have asked me for information about this "way lost" bird,
>> found
>> yesterday by Cody Porter, a savvy birder in nearby Laramie, Wyoming.
>> Kudos to Cody for getting "the word" out promptly!
>>
>> That Bluetail has become known as the "Laramie Rarity". (Say in fast
>> three times).
>> A few Colorado birders made it up to the Equality State yesterday, Nov 4,
>> and many
>> more are on the scene or en route at this very moment.
>>
>> Honestly, I had never even heard of this species, so I studied up on it a
>> bit, using
>> eBird maps and other on-line sources. Might as well share what I learned.
>> Any of this can be amended or corrected by more knowledgable birders or
>> those who have actually seen the bird.
>>
>> The *Red-flanked Bluetail* is an old world flycatcher (formerly thought
>> to be
>> a kind of thrush) that breeds in cooler climates of Northern Europe and
>> Asia,
>> eg, Scandinavia, Russia, northern China and south into more temperate
>> parts of
>> southern China, Japan, etc.
>>
>> The Scandinavian population migrates southwest to England, France, etc,
>> with
>> some straying further to Mediterranean countries, but NOT to the eastern
>> US, as many
>> other "overshoot" species have done.
>> The Asiatic breeding Buetails migrate pretty much due south to spend the
>> winter in southern China and Japan, with records as far south as Vietnam.
>>
>> And a few individuals, perhaps with a faulty GPS in their brains, migrate
>> east and southeast,
>> showing up to winter in Alaska and the US west coast, as far south as Los
>> Angeles.
>>
>> These vagrants have stayed for months, attracting hundreds of eager
>> birders from all over the US. The
>> closest one ever got to Colorado was the Bluetail that spent the winter
>> of 2016-17 in far western Idaho,
>> where some intrepid Colorado birders were able to see it.
>>
>> BUT there are no US records of Red-flanked Bluetail for any points east
>> of Idaho until yesterday, when
>> the Laramie rarity (kind of rhymes) was found and photographed.
>>
>> Why drive that far to see this Bluetail? Check out the airfare to other
>> places you could find one,
>> like Sweden,Finland or that other popular Bluetail breeding site near
>> Lake Baikal, Дорога до Теплых озер (Tepli Ozera access track).
>>
>> Will it survive the cool Wyoming winter? Only if it has a consistent food
>> supply and is carrying
>> a lucky rabbit's foot, BUT the bird is sure to arrive in Colorado soon if
>> it continues on its apparent southeasterwardly
>> journey.
>> So keep those mealworms handy, and watch your feeder continuously. You
>> too could enjoy 500 birders crowding into
>> your kitchen for a glimpse of this year's rarity, Red-flanked Bluetail!
>>
>> Thanks and good birding!
>> Joe Roller, Denver
>>
>> PS
>> IF you plan to seek out the Bluetail, work up a carload, pack up, and go
>> the alley near this address:
>> 658 1/2 North 9th Street, Laramie, WY
>> <https://www.google.com/maps/search/658+1%2F2+North+9th+Street,+Laramie,+WY?entry=gmail&source=g>.
>>
>> The homeowner, Cody Porter, has welcomed birders so far, but of course
>> that could change,
>> based on the historic observation that "life happens".
>>
>> The exact site is pinpointed on the eBird hotspot map, labelled:
>> "stakeout Red-flanked Bluetail, Laramie, 2019"
>> That hotspot can be used even if the bird has moved a few blocks.
>>
>>
>>
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