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#ABArare – Eurasian Wryneck – California

On September 25, and ABA Code 5  Eurasian Wryneck was discovered by a Naval officer on San Clemente Island, Los Angeles County, California. This is potentially a 1st California record and only the 2nd living record of this bizarre Eurasian woodpecker in the ABA Area.

San Clemente Island is maintained by the US Navy and is inaccessible to all but a handful of researchers studying the island’s endemic subspecies of Loggerhead Shrike.

Eurasian Wryneck is widespread in the Old World, but known in the ABA Area by a single record of a live bird, from St. Lawrence Island in western Alaska (2003). Other records include a 1945 specimen from Cape Prince of Wales on the Alaskan mainland, and a desiccated bird found in Indiana that was presumed to have been trapped in a shipping container.

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Nate Swick

Nate Swick

Editor, Social Media Manager at American Birding Association
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