(fwd) [LACoBirds] BLUETHROAT on San Clemente Island
- I thought this message which was posted to LACoBirds might be of interest
to a wider audience:
On Sun, 14 Sep 2008 20:29:03 -0700, "Justyn Stahl" wrote:
Following up on yesterday's awesome finds of eastern warblers (and
rhetorical "Who knows what else is out there?"), today (9/14) at 4pm we
found and photographed a BLUETHROAT on San Clemente Island.
I initially flushed a bird that caught my attention as something out of the
ordinary. I pursued it for a few minutes and it finally flushed a short
distance, flying straight away and the tail showed a wheatear-like T
pattern, but red-brown and black instead of white and black. "Possible
wheatear, guys!" I yelled to the others (Jason Fidorra, Matt York,
Catherine Craig, Linda Dye, and Susan Teel) who were picking through other
birds for migrants. It then gave a better look and I followed up with
"Definitely OLD WORLD BIRD!" The adventure sprawled out over an hour, with
field sketches, dictated notes, and some poor photos. Jason's tentative ID
of BLUETHROAT was spot on, as all I could get it to off the top of my head
was Old World Turdidae. I had snapped a few poorly-lit photos (although
possibly documentation-worthy) initially, but Jason thankfully (I think
there were some expletives yelled in celebration) got some solid
digiscoping done as the light was starting to go bad on us.
Appropriate documentation and photos have been sent to the authorities, but
unfortunately the public will not be able to chase this bird due to the
sensitive nature of the island as a United States Navy installation.
See photos taken by Jason Fidorra here.
I can't imagine there are many (if any?) records for this gal (first-fall
female) in the lower 48. Please let us know.
San Clemente Island, CA
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA 94044 jmorlan (at) ccsf.edu
Birding Classes start Sep 9 in SF http://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/
California Bird Records Committee http://www.wfo-cbrc.org/cbrc/