2004 Year Summary
2004 Year Summary
SPECIES ( )
RIARC Number Vote (Accepted-Not Accepted-Natural Status Uncertain): # of birds reported; location; date(s); reporters (I = initial observer, R = report submitted, P = photograph submitted).
WHITE-WINGED DOVE (Zenaida asiatica)
2004-2 (6-0): One; Block Island; 18-Jun-2014; Michael Wagner (I,R,P)
This White-winged Dove was photographed on Block Island by Michael Wagner.
CURLEW SANDPIPER (Calidris ferruginea)
2004-5 (6-0): One; Ninigret Pond, Charlestown; 15-16-Jul-2004; Jan St. Jean (I), Peter Capobianco (P).
Curlew Sandpiper was recorded in Rhode Island eight times between 1973 and 1992. Three of those sightings were in May, and five were in August. This Curlew Sandpiper was recorded in mid-July of 2004. It still retained its reddish alternate plumage, and may be may be the earliest recorded fall adult to show up in Rhode Island.
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
2004-1A,B (7-0): One; A: Prudence Island; 13-19 Dec 2004; Matt Rehor (I,R), Ken Raposa (P). B: One; Winnapaug Pond; 29 Dec 2004 through 20 Jan 2005; Jeff Gardner (I), Hank Golet (P).
Matt Rehor was conducting his weekly driving survey for the reserve on Prudence Island when he found this American White Pelican just north of the T-wharf. Residents of the island told Matt that they observed the bird just south of Potter's Cove a few days after the initial sighting. Ten days later an American White Pelican was found in Winnapaug Pond. That bird was seen through 20 January 2005, and was found to have expired later in the winter.
The Committee chose to combine these two sightings into one report due to the timing of the observations of this fairly rare bird. However, it remains possible that this record pertains to two separate birds.