Mega rarity found this afternoon by Aaron Maizlich and seen by many observers until dusk. A Galapagos near endemic this species wanders south to waters off central Chile, but rarely heads north where it has occurred in California six times previously with the first record in Monterey Bay in 1985. This unique species is in its own genus. Unlike other gulls, they forage at night. To help with night vision they have exceptionally large eyes outlined in red as seen here. This appears to be an adult in full breeding plumage, presumably displaced by unusually warm water around the breeding grounds.
Photo by Jessi Trimble. 2nd FL record.
A spectacular major California rarity found this morning by Liam Murphy. California has only five previous records, the latest being from July 1999. This is the first record for San Francisco County. This species continues to decline throughout its range in the Eastern US where aggressive introduced European Starlings may usurp woodpecker nesting cavities. Males and females are similar.
1st state record for Colorado!
ABA code 5. Only three previous ABA occurrences in 1949, 1954, and 1988. This is one of two currently in different parts of Florida.
Since the sighting of the indeterminate Bean-Goose specie in 2010, a handful of Tundra Bean-Goose reports have been recorded. Only one from southern California until now. This is the second record of a Tundra Bean-Goose in southern California. It appears in no hurry to migrate north.
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