Viewed a lovely specimen in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan. Blond, newly grown large coat of feathers, bare feet barely covered by flimsy flip flops. Excellent foot structure, toes unpainted.
Extremely rare sighting! This bird watcher was taken completely by surprise, as he was only outside for a cigarette. Was not expecting to see such a glimpse of beauty. Viewings of female barefoot species are relatively unheard of in December, at this current temperature range. While we wonder why this particular bird has resisted traditional southern-bound migration patters, we are terribly pleased to have been granted the opportunity for such a treasured sighting. Truly a gift to the bird watching community.