Aug 24 2014
Pittsburgh birders always hope that a trip to Lake Erie’s shore will uncover a rarity. Will there be something awesome at the end of that 2.5 hour drive?
This rare bird showed up at Conneaut, Ohio nine days ago. The August 15 rare bird alert reported an immature red-necked phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) on the sand spit. Birders flocked to see him so far from his species’ normal migration routes west of the Mississippi and offshore in the Atlantic.
Steve Gosser photographed him less than 24 hours later. Isn’t he gorgeous!
That was Saturday. I drove to Conneaut on Sunday and the bird was gone.
I should be more nimble if I want to see these One Day Wonders.
(photos by Steve Gosser)