Bird usually found in South America spotted in Indiana by bird biologist

LOOGOOTEE, Ind. (AP) — A bird biologist says she spotted a bird in southern Indiana that’s usually found thousands of miles away in South America.

Amy Kearns with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources says she found the fork-tailed flycatcher Tuesday while conducting a survey for another bird in Daviess County. She tells The (Bloomington) Herald-Times that she had never seen one before, but recognized it from bird books.

The newspaper says fork-tailed flycatchers are normally found in Venezuela this time of year.

Bloomington birder Lee Sterrenburg, who was with Kearns, says people came to look at the bird, and many more were on their way. Kearns and Sterrenberg watched it for 25 minutes before it flew off, and they found it again nearly two hours later.

Kearns says the bird’s migration route may have been thrown off by storm systems.

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