Amongst the American Robins, introduced European House Sparrows and the bright scarlet Northern Cardinals in this garden in Virginia appears a bird I’ve never seen before. It’s brightly coloured, with subtle lemon yellow underparts, elegantly proportioned, and has a huge 1980s hairstyle:
It’s a Great Crested Flycatcher, Myiarchus crinitus. It’s a reclusive bird of the treetops so I’m delighted it’s come to head height. Maybe it’s come for the ripe berries on these trees:
I search for Audubon’s illustration and am rewarded with a delightful image.
It still doesn’t beat having seen the real thing.