Happy Holidays

Townsend's Solitaire, The Holden Arboretum, Ohio
Townsend's Solitaire, The Holden Arboretum, Ohio

Nikon F3, 400mm lens, Fujichrome Provia film

During January, 2001 I visited The Holden Arboretum in Lake County, Ohio and observed an unusual bird feeding on winterberries in the Holly Collection. A trip to Holden’s Visitor Center to consult a field guide revealed the bird to be a Townsend’s Solitaire, a western thrush that had only been seen four times before in Ohio. The Solitaire stayed in the Holly Collection for six weeks, and birders traveled to Holden from as far away as Minnesota to view this rare avian visitor to the Buckeye State.  It took several visits over the next few days before I captured the photograph I wanted, an image of the Solitaire with a red winterberry in its beak.

Have a happy holiday with family and friends.