Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in Franklin Township, May 20, 2012

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.

Click on the photo for a larger image (Photos by Jonathan Klizas)

Jittery video of the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. At 10 seconds into the video the STFI spreads his wing and tail.

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4 Responses to Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in Franklin Township, May 20, 2012

  1. Dan Albohn says:

    Hi, Jonathan,
    I think you’ll get this. First, I want to commend you on Mocosoco Birds blog which I’ve been enjoying for the past couple months. Incredible what goes on just nearby, like at that Melanie Lane pond in the midst of Hanover Twp where I grew up. I recall speaking on occasion about birds with a guy from the neighborhood, Pete Dunne, whom I learned later became quite an authority on birds and was published by Houghton-Mifflin.

    What really prompted me just now to write is to call your attention to one of the Most e-mailed articles from The New York Times first published on 5/19/12 – “Why Bambi Must Go”. I guess it states the obvious, but it was a strong reminder of the decimation by White-Tailed Deer that my wife and I always note when we bike through Loantaka; no undergrowth and vegetation, devoid of nesting areas for the warblers that you and your correspondents have been reporting from the hot spots around the counties.

    That Scissor-Tailer Flycatcher must have been incredible.

    Thanks,
    Dan Albohn

  2. Brian Clough says:

    I was wondering how many previous Somerset County records there were…thanks!

  3. Pingback: Upland and Stilt Sandpipers in Franklin Township., Aug. 18, 2012 | mocosoco Birds

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