It was a fantastic buzz to see six and hear five birds in the aspen forest. Bird Studies Canada are working on this species and have a dedicated monitoring project set up. Morte details here.
These birds put to bed a 22 year old ghost for me. I remember the heart break of Kent in 1989 when I couldn’t get down to see the only European record of Golden winged Warbler at the time due to University exams. I waited till the Easter holidays to try but it was too late. Birding sidekick Stuart Green had gone south with Pete Gordon and Rory Hamilton and they had connected which made the pain even harder to bear. Mind you at least this time I didn’t have to wander around a Tesco supermarket and housing estate with 2,000 other misfits to find the bird!
If you want to see one, get your act together now get your flights booked for Manitoba. The next geenration might only be able to look at these photos and ponder.
Crowd shot linked via: http://www.birdwatch.co.uk/categories/articleitem.asp?print=0&item=727