Townsend's Solitaire at Fairview Township, Erie County, PA
This Townsend's Solitaire was present in a Fairview Township backyard beginning December 31, 2006 through at least January
9, when these photos were taken. Its favored perch (in a small Bradford pear tree) was amazingly accomodating, just ten
to fifteen feet outside the back door. Though viewing through a pane of window glass, it was hard for a birder/photographer
to ask for more. During my visit, the bird remained in the tree in plain sight for nearly an hour, waiting out a few
passing snow showers. The snow flakes accumulating on the solitaire's head in the first picture below make that shot
This represents the first confirmed record for Erie County.