Date: 7/13/20 11:35 am From: Bird observations from western New York <geneseebirds-l...> Subject: Re: [GeneseeBirds-L] Thank you
Probably an escape. Chukars are commonly used for training and trialing hunting dogs at licensed hunting preserves. There are not any breeding populations in the wild in NY.
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Date: Monday, July 13, 2020 at 12:49 PM
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Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] Thank you
Thank you for accepting my subscription.
I wanted to share this with a bird lovers group and yours was the closest to where I live. I'm in rural Genesee Co. about 10 mi. NE of Batavia. I have a busy bird feeder on my porch railing and watch with amusement and enjoyment all the various visitors. But this morning something different happened. Sitting on the porch floor was a large bird with a black line running across it's red/orange beak, looping below to its neck like a dangling necklace. It was a soft brown with stripes on its wings. I had never seen this type of bird before and I've lived in WNY for over 50 years. After much investigating, I discovered it was a Chukar, more commonly known in the Pacific NW. I was unable to get a picture of it before it scooted off.
Has this bird become more common in NY? Has anyone else seen a Chukar?