Wild Wednesday ....
.... solo road trip!!!
Last night Richard read about a rare sighting of a Boreal Chickadee at Merrill Creek Reservoir!
Well .... having never seen one before I simply had to make the trip to the reservoir to check it out for myself! Merrill Creek is about 30 minutes from home so it wasn't too long a drive. I normally don't take road trips like this by myself but I made the exception today.
Boy, was I glad I did! These wee birds are exceptionally rare here in PA .... most of the time they reside in Canada. So I was so thrilled to see this lovely chickadee shortly after I arrived at the reservoir. I'm glad it didn't take long to join all the other birds at the feeder as it was super cold and I didn't dress properly! No surprise there!
I still wanted to post my usual Wednesday collage but needed to make this special visitor the main focus. I have added a black-capped chickadee (upper left) so you can see the difference in these two chickadees. Also featured is a red-bellied woodpecker (top right), dark-eyed junco (middle bottom), a white-throated Sparrow (bottom right) and the boreal chickadee from another view point (center top).
I think we may have to return over the weekend so Richard has the pleasure of seeing this beautiful little chickadee ... and all the other birds!