Townsend's Solitaire in Briones RP Wednesday morning, Feb 3, 2021

David Quady and Nancy Boas

Hi, East Bay Birders:

About 10 am yesterday, February 3, 2021 a very cooperative Townsend’s Solitaire was found in the trees along the entrance to the north parking lot (near Oak Grove, the outhouse) in Briones Regional Park, Contra Costa County. The bird worked its way along the road toward the eastern most parking lot, briefly croissant to the water trough near the hills (which was covered with Western Bluebirds and Dark-eyed Juncos), posing as it went, occasionally hunting on the ground and showing white outer tail feathers, until it disappeared into the trees at the east end of the lot where the trail begins. At one point it raised its crown feathers, cresting a little crest.

The birder who found and photographed the bird wishes to remain anonymous. I’ve seen a photograph …. it’s a lovely looking bird.

Good luck to those who seek it.

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California

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