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    #ABArare – Herald Petrel – Pennsylvania UPDATE

    And here I thought I was done writing about Hurricane Sandy…

    A probable Herald Petrel (Code 3) was found on Nov 3 along a road under someone’s mailbox near Hollidaysburg, PA, south of Altoona. [At this time, I do not know who found it.] It was taken to Centre Wildlife Care where it was found to be severely underweight. The prognosis is not good. [Update: The bird did not survive.]

    This will be a first state record. The only Pterodroma currently on the Pennsylvania checklist is Black-capped Petrel.

    ABArare Herald Petrel PA Robyn Graboski
    Photo by Robyn Graboski

    ABArare Herald Petrel PA LanzonePhoto by Mike Lanzone. More photos are available at Nemesis Bird.

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    John Puschock reports ABA rare bird alerts and manages #ABArare for the American Birding Association. John is a frequent participant in rare bird forums around the web and has knack for gathering details necessary to relocate birds. He has been a birder since 1984 and now leads tours for Bird Treks, as well as for his own company Zugunruhe Birding Tours. He has led tours to locations across North America, from Newfoundland to New Mexico and from Costa Rica to Alaska. He specializes in leading tours to Adak in the Aleutian Islands.

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    • Ted Floyd

      Although the Herald Petrel may not be on the Pennsylvania list, the species may well have occurred in Pennsylvania. Indeed, the notorious “Hawk Mountain Petrel” of October 1959 may have been a Herald Petrel.

      For more on the story of this Hawk Mountain Petrel, see this fascinating article by Paul Hess:

      http://www.pabirds.org/PABIRDS/BackIssues/PBV11N1.pdf

      The article begins on p. 2.

    • http://nemesisbird.com Drew

      Fascinating read, isn’t it? Who knew there could be such drama over such a long period over a bird. Hopefully now PA can add Herald Petrel to its list with no reservations over the identification.

    • brendan Grube

      what were the circumstances of the sighting?

    • Mike Hunt

      The 1959 bird was also hurricane related.

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