Today was the perfect recipe for allowing me to chase a rarity. I had been at work for a half-day, so any big issues were taken care of, and I was able to get the Rare Bird Alert just minutes before my normal lunch hour, plus I knew exactly the location of the bird, and lastly the weather was a typical beautiful autumn day.
In just over an hour after getting the alert, I was at Sandy Hook's Plum Island and viewing the western vagrant Sage Thrasher.
credit: Tommy Boyle
final 3 images credit: Trina Anderson
This is ABA area bird # 595 for my list.