Photo gallery of recent rare-bird sightings in North America - June 2012 - SLIDESHOW
New Jersey's first Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Maryland's first Virginia's Warbler, Maryland's first Pink-footed Goose, the sixth-ever Snowy Owl in Texas, and more rare-bird sightings.
Published: April 20, 2012
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Photo by Alex Lamoreaux
FIRST IN NEW JERSEY: BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD
This immature male Broad-tailed Hummingbird, a bird of the West, spent the winter in a Cape May yard. It was last reported to eBird on April 3. When it was first spotted around Thanksgiving, it was identified as either a Rufous or Allen's Hummingbird, and in January, birders pegged it as a Rufous. But after it molted a few feathers, Cape May birder and ecotourism guide Michael O’Brien took photos on March 1 and realized it was a Broad-tailed, the first ever in New Jersey. The Press of Atlantic City described the sheepishness felt by expert birders about the months-long misidentification. O'Brien posted details about the bird's plumage on eBird checklists here and here. And you can see more of Alex Lamoreaux's photos on his blog.