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Rarities

The photos below are of locally unusual birds seen during my travels. Where appropriate, I have tried to mention the significance of each record.

Species Photo Date Sighted Location Notes
Red-throated Loon Red-throated Loon

 

4 February 2004 Bay Springs Lake, Tishomingo County, Mississippi
 
A casual migrant winter visitor
An adult Trumpeter Swan An adult Trumpeter Swan

 

12 January 2003 Oktibbeha County, Mississippi An accidental but increasing visitor, not probably more common than Tundra Swan
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck brood A Black-bellied Whistling-Duck brood

 

18 October 2003 Yazoo NWR, Washington County, Mississippi First confirmed nesting record for Mississippi
Greater Scaup Greater Scaup

 

24 January 2004 Ross Barnett Reservoir, Madison County, Mississippi Very local away from the coast
Adult Red-billed Tropicbird Adult Red-billed Tropicbird

 

13 August 1994 Gulf Stream off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina A rare but regular visitor to offshore Gulf Stream waters
Adult Masked Booby Adult Masked Booby

 

18 September 1993 Gulf Stream off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina A rare but regular visitor to offshore Gulf Stream waters
Bar-tailed Godwit (European subspecies lapponica) Bar-tailed Godwit (European subspecies lapponica)

 

8 May 1992 Portsmouth Island, Carteret County, North Carolina  
Albino Sanderling Albino Sanderling

 

20 October 1993 Near Avon, Dare County, North Carolina Albinism is quite rare in shorebirds
Adult Black-headed Gull Adult Black-headed Gull

 

6 January 2002 Grenada Lake, Grenada County, Mississippi About the 5th record for Mississippi
Adult Nelson's Gull (a hybrid Herring X Glaucous Gull) Adult Nelson's Gull (a hybrid Herring X Glaucous Gull)

 

10 February 1995 Cape Hatteras, Dare County, North Carolina  
Adult "Cayenne" Tern, a southern race of Sandwich Tern Adult "Cayenne" Tern, a southern race of Sandwich Tern

 

23 September 1994 Cape Hatteras, Dare County, North Carolina This subspecies of Sandwich Tern has been recorded only a few times in North Carolina
Inca Dove Inca Dove

 

10 April 2004 Arcola, Washington County, Mississippi This represented the second record for Mississippi of this expanding species
Adult Burrowing Owl Adult Burrowing Owl

 

22 February 2004 Near Hollandale, Washington County, Mississippi  
A cooperative Cave Swallow A cooperative Cave Swallow

 

28 February 2004 Seaman Road sewage lagoons, Jackson County, Mississippi First confirmed record for Mississippi
A cooperative Cave Swallow A cooperative Cave Swallow

 

28 February 2004 Seaman Road sewage lagoons, Jackson County, Mississippi First confirmed record for Mississippi
Juvenile Grasshopper Sparrow Juvenile Grasshopper Sparrow

 

27 June 2002 Clay County, Mississippi First documented nesting record for Mississippi