Life Bird: Townsend’s Solitaire

Nov 15, 2010 | Birding

One of the joys of birding (and there are many), is seeing a bird for the first time.  Today was one of those moments.  Reports of a Townsend’s Solitaire in the area surfaced about a week ago and one of my good birding friends called yesterday to say that she had just seen him at Vadnais Lake.  Today I took off with camera in tow and fairly quickly found him in a stand of Junipers.  Somehow this guy took a wrong turn at the Rocky Mountains and decided to visit Minnesota for a few weeks before heading south for the winter.

“A long-tailed gray bird of the high western mountains, the Townsend’s Solitaire descends in the winter to lower elevations where it feeds almost exclusively on juniper berries. “ All About Birds. 


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