Hmmm . . .

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Subject: [cobirds] Fwd: [NEBirds] More Sarpy Co. BROWN BOOBY Info
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Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 18:40:33 -0400
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Co birders,

A brown booby was recently seen in Eastern Nebraska.  See below for details.
Definitely falls into the anything is possible category.

David Ely
Salem, MA


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Sent: Thursday, July 3, 2014 6:06:00 PM
Subject: [NEBirds] More Sarpy Co. BROWN BOOBY Info

 

  Yesterday I received an email from Dan Cassidy who works at Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha.  He later sent some photos taken at Hansen Lakes by a friend of his.  The four photos clearly showed an adult male BROWN BOOBY of nominate Atlantic race leucogaster sitting on a boat covered by a tarp. 
  After talking to this friend of his named Joan on the phone I discovered that the bird was observed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.  She thought it was odd and took photos on Sunday.  She then subsequently showed them to Dan and other zoo personnel. 
 
  The photos do not show any sign of a band, and Joan mentioned that she observed the bird several times diving and catching fish. 
 
  The closest this species has come to Nebraska is southern Arkansas (adult female).  There are NO records for the Midwest or western Great Lakes region.  An adult female was observed at Niagra, New York on October 13, 2013.  Another bird was apparently observed an documented in inland North Carolina close to the Virginia border.  This bird is an occasional visitor to the warm waters off of southern Florida and the Gulf Stream. A few coastal Texas records also exist  The Atlantic race breeds as close to the U.S. as the Caribbean.  The western subspecies is sometimes observed in Arizona and California, and nests on an island just south of San Diego in Baja California Norte, Mexico.  
 
  If accepted this will constitute the first Sulid for the state of Nebraska.  Thanks to Dan Cassidy for alerting me to this.
 
Good birding.
 
Justin Rink
Midtown, Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
 
 

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