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#ABArare – Gray Heron – Newfoundland

On November 2nd, Karen Mercer discovered an ABA Code 5 Gray Heron in Renews, Newfoundland. This individual, unlike the one found offshore earlier this fall, was easily seen by many birders in subsequent days. This is a 4th record for Newfoundland and only about the 10th for the ABA Area.

This bird is in the harbour at Renews, about 1.5 hours south of St. John’s by car along Route 10. According to local birders, the heron is moving around the harbour there but is not difficult to find with a little effort. Examination of the photos of this bird and the one seen offshore earlier this fall indicates that they are, indeed, different individuals.

As mentioned above, this is about the 10th record for the ABA Area and the 2nd this fall from Newfoundland.  Newfoundland hosted the ABA’s 1st record in 1996, though it wasn’t correctly identified until 2002 (at which point it was a specimen at Memorial University of Newfoundland). Another was found in Newfoundland in 2013 and again in 2016. There are also at least four records from Alaska (two from St. Paul, one from Umnak Island, and one from Shemya).