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Date: Sat, 8 Aug 2009 08:25:28 -0300
From: Roger Burrows NBNature Listserv
Subject: THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD along Ox Head Road, Grand Manan
At 6:45 am this morning I saw a mid-sized bird perched on top of a dead tamarack on Ox Head Road just after the intersection with Brownville Road. It remained in full view for more than three minutes and I was able to get an excellent unobstructed view at a range of about 60 feet. The bird was larger than an Eastern Kingbird but more closely resembling a Western Kingbird in plumage. However, the bill was very heavy and dark and the back was darkish brown with paler markings, it had a brownish-black hood, pale yellow cheeks, yellow underparts, including undertail, paler brown rump/base of tail, dark, slightly notched tail and dark legs. It remained near the top of the dead tree and swayed with the wind, using its tail to keep balance. On return home I was able to identify it as a first-year THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD, a species I had never seen in Canada, although I have seen it in the southern USA. It finally flew off across the bog towards Grand Manan Bird Sanctuary and may turn up in Seal Cove or along the coast to Southern Head.
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