Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Last Chat?

I still fondly recall the very first Yellow-breasted Chat I encountered at Pheasant Branch Conservancy. It was early June 2007. While talking with another birder, I suddenly heard the chat's funky song call out from the south slope of the hill. I was positively thrilled. Though there were sporadic sightings from 2008 to 2011, this secretive and sensitive-to-disturbance species became regular nesters for the next 3 years, and then poof ― gone! This amazingly cool near-ground nester was last observed at the prairie on July 13th, 2014.

Why? Another mystery...

Yellow-breasted Chat © 2017 Mike McDowell

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