Alan and I headed out to the Orange Airport after work yesterday to see if we could spot the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher reported by Jeff Johnstone through Dave Small .
There were a few birders present and we all searched an area it was reported at last. A very resourceful birder drove past us in a convenient golf cart and told us where he last spotted the bird so off we went in an attempt to see it before it took off to roost for the night.
The bird flew around -hawking for insects- here and there, but for the most part it really liked perching on this fence which was nice for a change. This is a juvenile Scissor-tailed Flycatcher which you can tell by the shorter tail and the duller sides (particularly the flanks and under the tail) that are more yellow vs. the adult which is more salmon pink
Here is an undigiscoped shot that can give you and idea on the overall size of the bird. The flycatcher stuck around for about 1/2 an hour and was kept company by Blue Jays, Eastern Bluebirds and Northern Mockingbirds.
Soon enough an eruption of flight took place as all of the various birds took off at once to retire for the evening and the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher followed. AWESOME bird and one I never thought I would be lucky enough to get in Massachusetts.
Take care all.