|Fieldfare, Greenough Land, Carlisle, MA. Heavy crop of iPhone shot at 42x, but enough to be diagnostic|
|Fieldfare. Gray head and heavy eye-line, gray rump just visible, and white leading wing edge.|
|Fieldfare (on right) with Robin: lankier build, generally more upright posture|
Fieldfare is an ABA Code 4, although many of us were mystified why it was a 4 when an annual bird like Barnacle Goose is a Code 5. I met five birders today who had seen the Fieldfare in 1986 at Nine Acre Corner; one wag commented, "I don't even get a new county bird!" The mood was celebratory, with numerous grizzled veterans of stake-outs past catching up (I heard chatter about the Ivory Gull of 75-76), young birders enjoying the scene, and one birder celebrating her 700th ABA bird.
Update: the Fieldfare was relocated on March 19 after heavy snow by several parties, but appeared to be moving around quite a lot, with one sighting in adjoining Great Meadows NWR land.
March 21 update: Fieldfare is now being seen down Maple St., south of the original location in the vicinity of Piggery Rd., which is the access road to the Great Meadows NWR--Carlisle Unit. It has been seen much of the day behind the house next to Piggery Rd. For updates, read MassBirds.