Vagrant and extra-limital bird records accepted by the OSNZ Records Appraisal Committee 2011-2012
|Title||Vagrant and extra-limital bird records accepted by the OSNZ Records Appraisal Committee 2011-2012|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2013|
|Authors||Miskelly, CM, Crossland, AC, Sagar, PM, Saville, I, Tennyson, AJD, Bell, EA|
|Type of Article||Full Article|
|Keywords||extra-limital, first record, New Zealand bird, rediscovery, South Island kokako, vagrant|
We report Records Appraisal Committee (RAC) decisions regarding Unusual Bird Reports received between 1 Jan 2011 and 31 Dec 2012. Among the 137 submissions accepted by the RAC were the 1st New Zealand record of Pacific gull (Larus pacificus), the 2nd record of emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri), and the 3rd & 4th records of a crane (Grus sp., unidentifiable to species). Other notable records included the 1st accepted sighting of a South Island kokako (Callaeas cinerea) since 1967, the 1st record of New Zealand dabchicks (Poliocephalus rufopectus) breeding in the South Island since 1941, and the 1st records of Snares crested penguin (Eudyptes robustus) from the Auckland Islands, sooty albatross (Phoebetria fusca) from the Chatham Islands, white-faced heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) from Antipodes Island, and Australian coot (Fulica atra) and common sandpiper (Tringa hypoleuca) from Stewart Island. In addition, notable influxes of plumed whistling ducks (Dendrocygna eytoni), great shearwaters (Puffinus gravis), Australian pelicans (Pelecanus conspicillatus), gull-billed terns (Gelochelidon nilotica) and Arctic terns (Sterna paradisaea) occurred during 2011-12.