Today after work we headed up just across the border into Wisconsin to try and see the Green-breasted Mango that was sighted in a residential backyard. Here’s how it went down.
Veery was late getting back from school due to a tanker truck that rolled over on the highway. Traffic was backed up for miles and miles so she wasted a lot time sitting in traffic. But once she arrived, we headed up to Beloit, Wisconsin to a nice woman’s backyard feeder where a Green-breasted Mango had been putting on a show for over two months! We first got wind of the story as it broke on the Wisconsin Birding Network after positively being identified just a few days ago.
We were successful in seeing the bird but not in capturing a photo. The bird decided it was better off staying away from the feeder (of which I had my camera pre-focused on). There are some great photos of this bird, our favorite from Field of View.
We are planning on making another trip up there this Saturday (after doing some birding in that area) so hopefully we’ll get a picture!!
We’ve decided to buy a duck stamp for every rare bird we go see. Normally we don’t like chasing birds (although we have nothing against others doing it) but this one was too close to pass up!