Black-necked Stilt

Himantopus mexicanus

This Black-necked Stilt at St. Shott’s in spring 2008 was the third record for Newfoundland, but the first to be enjoyed by local birders.
– Photo: Bruce Mactavish (June 7, 2008)

Status: Very Rare (< 5 records)

Origins: Occurs in wetlands and coastal areas from California east to Florida and south to Peru and Brazil.

Record Details: Four confirmed records for Newfoundland. (1) The first record was a specimen collected from Biscay Bay on June 23, 1947. (2) One was spotted at Ramea on October 27, 2005 (following Hurricane Wilma). (3) Another bird was observed and extensively photographed in St. Shott’s from May 31 – June 8, 2008.  (4) Most recently, an individual was recorded at Lundrigan’s Marsh, St. John’s from May 30 – June 8. Presumably the same bird was also photographed (by a non-birder) at Quidi Vidi on June 8.   A compelling but unconfirmed report also came from Branch (southwest Avalon) in late April 2002.

* NOTE – This website is not an official account and “may” contain incorrect information and/or details of unconfirmed records. *

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