Birding Community E-Bulletin for December 2012


THE BIRDING COMMUNITY E-BULLETIN
December 2012

This Birding Community E-bulletin is being distributed to active and concerned birders, those dedicated to the joys of birding and the protection of birds and their habitats.

This issue is sponsored by the producers of superb quality birding binoculars and scopes, Carl Zeiss Sport Optics:
http://www.zeiss.com/SPORTS

And by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, publishers of a complete line of birding books for beginners and experts, available wherever books are sold. To purchase online and get updates on books, authors, events, and contests, like us on Facebook.com
http://tinyurl.com/NatGeoFace
or purchase at:
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You can access an archive of past E-bulletins on the website of the National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA):
http://refugeassociation.org/news/birding-bulletin/

RARITY FOCUS

Citrine Wagtails are wet-area songbirds that range from western Russia to central Siberia and northeastern China southward to parts of Iran, Pakistan, and northwestern India. At this time of year, the species should be wintering in the Indian subcontinent, southern China, or Southeast Asia. There has been only one record for this species in North America – a bizarre occurrence in Mississippi for two days during the winter of 1992.

With this in mind, when David and Adele Routledge found a wagtail near Courteney, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, they were hardly thinking “Citrine Wagtail.” The bird they discovered was first thought to be a Yellow Wagtail, a rare enough bird, but then the speculation shifted to White Wagtail, another Eurasian rarity. When the wagtail was relocated and photographed on 17 November, it was ultimately identified as the far rarer Citrine Wagtail. If you are unfamiliar with wagtails, check the National Geographic guide, or look up wagtails in any European field guide. Citrine Wagtail is an astounding find in North America since it is a species which properly belongs in the Indian subcontinent, southern China, or Southeast Asia at this season.

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