Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Anything can happen - Green-breasted Mango appears near Beloit, Wisconsin

During the month of September, a Green-breasted Mango, native to Mexico, Central America, and South America, was spotted near Beloit, Wisconsin. This is the first time it has ever been recorded in the state, normally being spotted as a rare wanderer into Texas. I first heard about the bird from Marianne and then read this report from Birder's World Magazine here. I have not found further reports as to whether the bird was still being seen, but any Google search will most likely garner results. Here is another, more detailed report from Birder's World magazine.

Truly a bizarre-looking specimen, this bird is proof that you must be ready for just about anything in North America. Who knows what might show up in your own backyard!

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