#ABArare - Oriental Greenfinch - Attu, Alaska
by Greg Neise
#ABArare czar, John Puschock (who I'm covering for at the moment), is on Attu guiding a group that has had a week of excellent birds, including multiple Short-tailed Albatross, Wood Sandpiper and multiple Brambling.
But yesterday, he struck a bit of Attu gold, when the group came upon three Brambling, and an Oriental Greenfinch (ABA code 4).
At the North American Birding blog, John recounts finding the bird:
"The spot the sandpiper had flown to was just above the last (i.e., most westerly) revetment on the south side of the runway. I had been eyeing this spot as a place to look for passerines, so I circled around the edges on my bike and flushed three birds. Two disappeared over the top of the embankment, but the one that stayed, though only briefly, was an ORIENTAL GREENFINCH. It was just me, Isaac, and one group member here. Everyone else had returned to Lower Base to get a ride back to the boat. I radioed them, and of course, everyone was back on their bikes, headed our way."
More of the story of this bird (and another picture) is at North American Birding blog: http://bit.ly/KxtgEE