One of the coolest things about a rare bird is how it brings birders together and draws attention to birds. The recent sighting of a Green-breasted Mango outside of Beloit, Wisconsin has spurred numerous news stories, something that doesn’t happen much in the world of birding.
We’ve had more non-birders talk to us about the Green-breasted Mango than any other bird. Many of these people told friends and family members about it. As an added bonus, the mango is a hummingbird, a family of birds that many “non-birders” love dearly. It is amazing how such a small, out-of-place bird can bring birders from all over together for one common goal: to see and enjoy birds.
Here’s to enjoying all birds, rare and common, and welcoming others into our wonderful hobby!!
UPDATE: Another bonus about rare birds and the exposure they get is that more birders will double-check those “strange” looking birds. There have been quite a bit of new reports of possible other “odd” hummingbirds in Wisconsin and Illinois; many are most likely nothing out of the ordinary, but many warrant further investigation.