Fifth photo in hummingbird series

Photo by Chris Bosak A female Ruby-throated Hummingbird perches on a thorny branch in Norwalk, Conn., summer 2014.

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A female Ruby-throated Hummingbird perches on a thorny branch in Norwalk, Conn., summer 2014.

Here’s the fifth photo in the hummingbird series. Here’s another one I got when I was watching the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at the thorn bushes at the Dolce Center in Norwalk, Conn. I like the tongue sticking out.

Birds at the Birdbath finale: Tufted Titmouse with bonus old photos

Photo by Chris Bosak A Tufutaced Titmouse perches on the edge of a birdbath in New England, fall 2015.

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A Tufutaced Titmouse perches on the edge of a birdbath in New England, fall 2015.

Here are the final photos in the series Birds at the Birdbath. It’s not the most exciting photo so I’ve included in this post a few older birdbath photos I’ve taken over the years.

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Photo by Chris Bosak Gray Catbird at birdbath.

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Gray Catbird at birdbath.

Photo by Chris Bosak Young Blue Jay at birdbath

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Young Blue Jay at birdbath

Photo by Chris Bosak Robins invade a birdbath.

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Robins invade a birdbath.

Bonus Green Heron photos

Photo by Chris Bosak A Green Heron runs across the grass at a park in Darien, Conn., spring 2016.

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A Green Heron runs across the grass at a park in Darien, Conn., spring 2016.

Just realized I never posted these extra Green Heron photos. Here are some bonus photos from a previous posting about Green Herons.

Photo by Chris Bosak A Green Heron hunts from a rock in Darien, Conn., spring 2016.

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A Green Heron hunts from a rock in Darien, Conn., spring 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak A Green Heron hunts from a rock in Darien, Conn., spring 2016.

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A Green Heron stands on a rock in Darien, Conn., spring 2016.

Another shot or three of the Blue-winged Warbler

Photo by Chris Bosak A Blue-winged Warbler seen at Fairchild Wildflower Sanctuary in Greenwich, Conn., May 2016.

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A Blue-winged Warbler seen at Fairchild Wildflower Sanctuary in Greenwich, Conn., May 2016.

Here’s a few more of the Blue-winged Warbler. See the post below for more information about the photos.

Photo by Chris Bosak A Blue-winged Warbler seen at Fairchild Wildflower Sanctuary in Greenwich, Conn., May 2016.

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A Blue-winged Warbler seen at Fairchild Wildflower Sanctuary in Greenwich, Conn., May 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak A Blue-winged Warbler seen at Fairchild Wildflower Sanctuary in Greenwich, Conn., May 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A Blue-winged Warbler seen at Fairchild Wildflower Sanctuary in Greenwich, Conn., May 2016.

One more of the Palm Warbler

Photo by Chris Bosak A Palm Warbler perches among pussy willows at Selleck's Woods in Darien, Conn., April 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A Palm Warbler perches among pussy willows at Selleck’s Woods in Darien, Conn., April 2016.

Here’s one more photo of the Palm Warbler, which was the subject of my longer post yesterday.

He strikes an interesting pose here. Any help with the caption?

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Another shot of the Saffron Finch (or whatever it is)

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A Saffron Finch (?) lands on the ground to look for food in Brookfield, CT, April 2016.

Here’s one more shot of the Saffron Finch I saw the other day while playing baseball with my son Will. See the previous post for more information. 

At least I think it’s a Saffron Finch. That ID came from a birding expert friend of mine and many agree with him. Some, however, feel it is a finch from Africa. At any rate, it’s likely an escaped pet and not a wild rare bird for New England.

A rarity? Not likely. More like an escapee

Photo by Chris Bosak An escaped Saffron Finch (?) seen in Brookfield, Conn., April 2016.

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An escaped Saffron Finch (?) in Brookfield, Conn,. April 2016.

I thought I had a great bird for the rare bird alert list, but it’s likely just an escaped pet bird. A bright yellow bird flew into a nearby tree as I was practicing baseball with my 9-year-old Will.

I thought it was a Yellow Warbler at first, but rushed for my binoculars for a better view. Yellow Warblers don’t have red heads! I thought it was one of the tanagers, but after consulting with an expert, it is likely a Saffron Finch. These colorful birds are native to South America and are often kept as caged pet birds. That’s likely the case here. Instead of a rarity, I got an escapee.

Thanks Frank for the ID.

Do other experts out there concur?

Photo by Chris Bosak An escaped Saffron Finch (?) seen in Brookfield, Conn., April 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak
An escaped Saffron Finch (?) in Brookfield, Conn,. April 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak An escaped Saffron Finch (?) seen in Brookfield, Conn., April 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak
An escaped Saffron Finch (?) seen in Brookfield, Conn., April 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak An escaped Saffron Finch (?) in Brookfield, Conn,. April 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak
An escaped Saffron Finch (?) in Brookfield, Conn,. April 2016.