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Friday, December 14, 2007

Local Long-billed Murrelet Chase

(photo:Gerry Dewaghe)

I was working from home this morning getting ready for a conference call when I got an email telling me that a Long-billed Murrelet, a rare Asian bird never before documented in Pennsylvania was at Lake Nockamixon close to my house. Fifteen minutes later I was the third birder on the scene and got great looks at this beautiful bird. Within half an hour there were more than 20 cars there as everyone joined the viewing party. I had to leave early to take my conference call, but what a great way to start the day! Thanks to Jason Horn for finding the bird and getting the word out immediately.

If this isn't a bird you are familiar with, you can read about it in Steve Mlodinow's 1997 Birding article.

UPDATE: When I picked up my fifth grader from school this afternoon, I made a quick call and found that the bird was still being seen, albeit a mile farther up the lake at the marina, so we trooped up there so we could get a quick look as the sun started to set. It was out farther from shore than it had been in the morning, but still a nice look through a Questar. Some folks had been out there watching the bird all day, and there were still 15 people there when we left--including a park ranger who stood nearby watching the crowd with an amused look on his face. Nothing like a rare bird tailgate party!


Patrick B. said...

I'm supposed to be "working from home" right now, but Nockamixon is only a little over an hour away... oh man... it might have to wait for tomorrow. I hope it sticks around. CONGRATS!

birdchaser said...

Patrick, the work will still be there tomorrow. This bird? Not as likely! If the thought of missing the bird is making you sick, take a sick day!

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