Vagrant and extra-limital bird records accepted by the Birds New Zealand Records Appraisal Committee 2017–2018
|Title||Vagrant and extra-limital bird records accepted by the Birds New Zealand Records Appraisal Committee 2017–2018|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Authors||Miskelly, CM, Crossland, AC, Saville, I, Southey, I, Tennyson, AJD, Bell, EA|
|Type of Article||Full article|
|Keywords||Cox’s sandpiper, extra-limital, first record, Macquarie Island shag, New Zealand bird, vagrant|
We report Records Appraisal Committee (RAC) decisions regarding Unusual Bird Reports received between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2018. Among the 160 submissions accepted by the RAC were the first New Zealand records of Macquarie Island shag (Leucocarbo purpurascens) and Cox’s sandpiper (Calidris x paramelanotus), and the first accepted at-sea sightings of blue petrel (Halobaena caerulea), Salvin’s prion (Pachyptila salvini), Antarctic prion (P. desolata), and thin-billed prion (P. belcheri) from New Zealand coastal waters. We also report the second accepted breeding record (and first successful breeding) for glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), and the second accepted records of red-footed booby (Sula sula) and laughing gull (Leucophaeus atricilla). Other notable records included the first record of nankeen kestrel (Falco cenchroides) from Campbell Island, and at least 5 northern shovelers (Anas clypeata) simultaneously present in June 2018.