The FIELDFARE reappeared at the home of Gerard and Charlene Butler in Reidville for a brief time yesterday and again this morning – filling up on apples from their tree. While the Butlers have hung fresh apple slices and berries in hopes of keeping the bird around, so far it has preferred the old frozen apples it has obviously become accustomed to.
Gerard Butler took these photos on Saturday, January 19 – just the third time they had seen the Fieldfare in about month, suggesting it is moving around the neighbourhood and/or other parts of the community where other fruit trees are reportedly abundant. While this is still far from a “stakeout bird”, it is good to know it remains in the area and will likely become easier to find once we learn a bit more about its habits or it takes a liking to the fresh offerings available in the Butler yard. Thanks to them for finding, reporting and now helping keep track of this mega rarity! I’m sure it won’t be long before one of the Newfoundland birders catches up with it.