First found by Jon Feenstra near Lancaster 6 March 2023 and remaining in the area at Apollo Park where it became quite tame. through 8 July 2023. Dan Singer and I looked unsuccessfully for it on 10 July after which it showed up here in Willowbrook on 13 July 2023 remaining through the current period. I understand analysis of plumage and bill pattern confirmed it was the same bird. If accepted this would be the 6th record for California.
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!
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