The word got out about an immature male Vermilion Flycatcher at the Cornelis home farm this morning. I missed the text message from Steve Charbonneau, as I was enjoying a meeting of mostly MNR retirees at a local hangout for a coffee clatch that we have every month or two. When I got home and checked the email before heading up to an afternoon meeting at Walpole, I saw Steve's Ontbird posting about this southwestern flycatcher! Then I checked my phone and yep....there was Steve's text.
So I informed the person I was meeting with at Walpole that I would be there a little later, and headed first for the Cornelis farm. There was a handful of folks already there. One of them said "You should have been here five minutes ago". Right....thanks Garry :-). It wouldn't be the first time I've missed an unusual bird by five minutes (or less). Fortunately that wasn't the case today. It appeared on the fence.
It is very distinctive even in this immature male plumage, but the adult male is positively brilliant! Somewhat like a smaller, but brighter, version of a Scarlet Tanager in a basic way. This next image is of an adult male which I took at the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area in the very southern part of Arizona in the spring of 2012.
One of the first ones I saw was just south of Robin Line, in a corn field.
It was definitely a Red and White highlight day today. Not often do you get a chance to see an arctic visitor within a few kilometres of a southwestern Arizona visitor in an afternoon!