When birding or going about your day, sometimes you’ll see a small speck of color or a bird off in the distance. You may ask yourself, is that a piece of garbage, a common bird, or something else entirely?
Always inspect further these seemingly innocuous sightings! You may discover a bird you never expected to see.
I’ve had two experiences recently where this mantra has brought wonderful rewards.
My first experience was at Pearsall Park, where a small red bird appeared next to the trail. Assuming it was a Northern Cardinal, but wanting to verify, I discovered a Painted Bunting!
The next happened today while at the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch. We were driving through the park in our car when I saw a bright red speck on barbed wire way off in the distance. It looked like it could be plastic or something else so I pulled up my camera to get a better look. I couldn’t believe my eyes, a Vermilion Flycatcher.
It’s uncommon in my area and I’ve never seen it before. I almost kept driving but was glad I took a closer look.
Never be hesitant to check a bird with your binoculars, even if you think it’s something common. Unexpected birds await.