The owner of the home popped out the back door and told me the bird had just been on her deck about five minutes ago. That was great. The bird was around.
I walked around to the back of the house and there, at 12:15, we had the Ash-throated Flycatcher. I saw it fly up from the grass on the opposite side of the road. Unsure if that was the flycatcher, I eased toward the movement. Then, there it was sitting on the fence. Not at all where I expected to see it. I took a couple of shots quickly with no time to change the camera settings. As soon as I had the record shots I called out to Margie to come.
We spent the next 20 minutes or so walking around the block and the yard hoping to get one more look at it. When the rain started again, we decided to give it up and spend a bit of time birding on the trip home. Was it worth it to spend four hours travelling in less than ideal conditions to see this bird for less than one minute? You bet! These types of opportunities don't come around very often. When they do, it is really important to try to see the bird as soon as possible. After all, it may have been the inclement weather that kept the bird in this location for another night. When the sky clears, it may well take off completely to begin its long southwest trip to its wintering grounds around Mexico.