Townsend’s Solitaire

On December 23rd I heard that Don Simons, Park Interpreter at Mount Magazine State Park, found 4 Townsend’s Solitaires. These are thrushes like Bluebirds and Robins but looking more like Northern Mockingbirds from way out west. They are rare visitors to Arkansas and most of the Arkansas sightings are from Mount Magazine. Don didn’t just happen across them, the abundance of cedar berries this year led him to search for them. Don put out the word and the next day, Christmas Eve, Sam & Angie and I drove to see them. We did and now Sam has a new life bird and I have a new state bird.

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