Today, Brian Clough found a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (STFL) on the wires by the field on Schoolhouse Road near its intersection with Randolph Road in Franklin Township. This is the same area frequented by the Somerset Sandhill Cranes the last few winters. In addition, this same field had a Greater White-fronted Goose and a Brant this past winter. Thanks to instant communication, many birders were able to arrive quickly to view the individual. It is an adult bird with a wonderfully long tail and gorgeous salmon coloring underneath. It was working the field when this observer arrived, very actively and acrobatically switching from one perch to another. At one point, it flew to the telephone pole wire and perched long enough for the paparazzi to record its presence. As far as is known, this is the first Somerset County record for STFL since 1992 at Griggstown.
Jittery video of the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. At 10 seconds into the video the STFI spreads his wing and tail.