Extremely Rare Bird Spotted in Brewster on Cape Cod
Mark Faherty, Science Coordinator at Massachusetts Audubon Cape Cod and who writes and delivers "The Weekly Bird Report" for Cape and Islands NPR affiliate WCAI and the station's website capeandislands.org, said he spotted a Vermilion Flycatcher, extremely rare in Massachusetts, last Friday.
"It was a real doozy," Faherty said. "This one ticked all the boxes for a crowd-pleasing find. It's good looking, it's easy to find and see, almost criminally easy to photograph, and no one has ever seen one on the Cape and Islands before."
Faherty said he was bird-watching in a marsh when he discovered the Vermilion Flycatcher "close to where I saw a different flycatcher last week."
"I quickly realized what I was looking at, improbable though it was," he said.
Faherty said he wasted little time in "getting a few photos for proof" of his discovery.
"I broke into a sprint, heart pounding from a combination of adrenaline and poor cardiovascular fitness," he said.
Faherty said the flycatcher "was a young male sporting most of the red plumage of an adult, though more orangy and less intense." He called the find "stunning."
"This species has only been recorded in Massachusetts three times," he said, between 1954 and 2017 and may have come from Texas, Arizona, or even from as far away as Venezuela.
Faherty's report about his discovery on capeandislands.org contains an audio byte of him describing the rare bird.
Sharks, whales, and now rare birds, I can hardly wait to see what – or who – shows up next on the Cape. Has anyone seen Elvis recently? Or Bigfoot?