Yes, a first state record for Louisiana.  However, last September a Jabiru was seen in Mississippi, but the information did not reach the birding community until after the bird had left the area of the sighting (days later)  It was not refound, despite many people searching.  There is some speculation that the Louisiana bird could be the same individual. 

Below is information as reported on NARBA (the North American Rare Bird Alert, a paid subscription service of the Houston Audubon Society.


Louisiana: JABIRU -- 

first report: July 31; last update: Aug 4
At 8:00am on July 31 Michael Seymour and Josh Sylvest found an adult JABIRU on private land near the South Farm area of the Sherburne WMA. (Photos) The bird was initially with a flock of Wood Storks, but remained present after the Wood Storks left. Around 8:45am it flew off in the direction of Sherburne South Farm. On the morning of August 1, an LDWF employee checked both the private land near South Farm and South Farm itself and was not able to relocate the bird.  There were negative reports for the bird on August 2, as well.


Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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On Aug 7, 2008, at 8:52 AM, Mike Doyen wrote:
Yahoo news reported that twenty year old birders named Michael Seymour and Josh Sylvest who are employed by the Louisiana Natural Heritage Program identified the Jabiru while doing a wetland survey. The bird is widespread in South America, rare in Central America and Mexico.

Greg Butcher, Director of Bird Conservation for National Audubon Society (NAS) stated that this is a first state record.

Cool.

Mike Doyen
Rolla, MO
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