Bird Watchers All Atwitter Over Rare Bird In Lewis County

For two days, serious bird watchers have been flocking to southern Lewis County. They’re there to see a male Gray-crowned Rosy finch. The bird is way out of his element. Native to the western U.S. and Canada, the bird is rarely seen there, let alone here, in the Northeast. In fact, this is only its second sighting in New York state history. “East of the Mississippi, there are only a handful of records, but probably fewer than five that have ever been here,” said Kevin McGowan, from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

The Gray-crowned Rosy Finch (Leucosticte tephrocotis) is native to Alaska, western Canada, and the north-western United States. Due to its remote and rocky alpine habitat it is rarely seen.

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