Heerman's Gull at Sweetwater Wetlands, 8 November 2010

I try to avoid text messaging in general, but when I received this one I jumped: Heerman's Gull at Sweetwater Wetlands!

I've somehow managed to miss this species in the five or so years I've lived permanently in Tucson.  It seems I'm always out-of-town or guiding a client when they show up.  Heerman's Gull is, after all, locally famous for being a one day wonder.  There are about 35 records for Arizona, and not a single bird has stayed for more than one day.  This species must have incredible wanderlust...

Anyway, it was a great pleasure to see familiar birding pals seeking this rarity, though I just missed bumping into fellow Adventure Birding guide Jake Mohlmann (he beat me by 30 minutes...)  Ah well, no complaints.  Though I'm not a rabid state lister and I rarely "chase" vagrant birds here, this observation served for a nice random 417th Arizona state bird for me.  You just never know what you're going to see next out here!

Good birding,
John Yerger
Tucson, AZ
Adventure Birding Company
Specializing in flexible, personalized guiding in SE Arizona

Normally I hate to call a Black Phoebe (or any species) a "trash bird" - but, um...yeah.

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