In addition to the Northern Gannet, the second "seabird" at VINS was a
The VINS team sent in a bunch of pictures to the Records Committee,
and wouldn't you know it, the bird is most likely a Band-rumped
Storm-Petrel, which would be a first state record!
The interesting aspect of this sighting is that there is growing
evidence that Band-rumped Storm-Petrels are likely made up of >1
species...maybe as many as 4. (If you subscribe to North American
Birds, there is a great article in the issue with the Amazon
Kingfisher on the front).
We are hoping to be able to get some input from experts on what
subspecies the specimen might represent. The Record Committee meets
at the end of October and we'll give an update shortly thereafter.
Quoting Jean Harrison <[log in to unmask]>:
> I recall that two seabirds were brought to VINS in Quechee after
> Irene. One was already dead and one died soon after. I can't
> remember what they were. You might check with VINS. Maybe one was
> a shearwater.
> Jean Harrison