[birdky] Possible Skua in TN

  • From: Tackettsa@xxxxxxx
  • To: birdky@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, ohio-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2005 10:21:00 EDT

Since much speculation seems to abound about the identify of the above  bird, 
Jon Dunn asked me to post his thinking on this bird to both the KY &  TN 
listserves.  I cannot seem to find how to join the TN list; so, maybe  someone 
forward this for me.
The bird appeared very thick and stocky necked.  Had a very broad tail  with 
no central tail points.  The wings were broad and not especially  pointy.  It 
had very skua like crescent shaped white wing patches and was a  uniform 
rather dark brown in coloration with some warmer brown tones around the  nape. 
Jon felt it looked like a skua, although he kept trying to talk himself  into 
the bird being a Pomarine Jaeger being well aware that there is only one  
interior record for North America.  Hence, the caution.  Bill shape  was 
Many photos were taken; and although they may not be of excellent quality,  
they may reveal whether the bird was a skua or a Pomarine Jaeger.
Anyway, Jon wanted his opinion posted.  He is currently at the  reservoirs 
around Dayton, OH, hoping to fine some rarities for us.  I will  post if he 
finds anything.
Sue Tackett

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