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The photos below are of locally unusual birds seen during my travels. Where appropriate, I have tried to mention the significance of each record.

Species Photo Date Sighted Location Notes
Red-throated Loon Photo of a red-throated loon 4 February 2004 Bay Springs Lake, Tishomingo County, Mississippi
 
A casual migrant ant winter visitor
An adult Trumpeter Swan Photo of an adult trumpeter swan 12 January 2003 Oktibbeha County, Mississippi An accidental but increasing visitor, not probably more common than Tundra Swan
A Black-bellied Whistling-Duck brood Photo of a Black-bellied Whistling-Duck brood 18 October 2003 Yazoo NWR, Washington County, Mississippi First confirmed nesting record for Mississippi
Greater Scaup Photo of a trio of Greater Scaups 24 January 2004 Ross Barnett Reservoir, Madison County, Mississippi Very local away from the coast
Adult Red-billed Tropicbird Photo of a red-billed tropicbird 13 August 1994 Gulf Stream off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina A rare but regular visitor to offshore Gulf Stream waters
Adult Masked Booby Photo of a masked booby 18 September 1993 Gulf Stream off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina A rare but regular visitor to offshore Gulf Stream waters
Bar-tailed Godwit (European subspecies lapponica) Photo of a bar-tailed godwit 8 May 1992 Portsmouth Island, Carteret County, North Carolina  
Albino Sanderling Photo of an albino sanderlling 20 October 1993 Near Avon, Dare County, North Carolina Albinism is quite rare in shorebirds
Adult Black-headed Gull Photo of a black-headed gull 6 January 2002 Grenada Lake, Grenada County, Mississippi About the 5th record for Mississippi
Adult Nelson's Gull (a hybrid Herring X Glaucous Gull) Photo of an adult Nelson's Gull 10 February 1995 Cape Hatteras, Dare County, North Carolina  
Adult "Cayenne" Tern, a southern race of Sandwich Tern Photo of a cayenne tern 23 September 1994 Cape Hatteras, Dare County, North Carolina This subspecies of Sandwich Tern has been recorded only a few times in North Carolina
Inca Dove Photo of an inca dove 10 April 2004 Arcola, Washington County, Mississippi This represented the second record for Mississippi of this expanding species
Adult Burrowing Owl Photo of a burrowing owl 22 February 2004 Near Hollandale, Washington County, Mississippi  
A cooperative Cave Swallow Photo of a Cave Swallow 28 February 2004 Seaman Road sewage lagoons, Jackson County, Mississippi First confirmed record for Mississippi
A cooperative Cave Swallow Photo of a cave swallow 28 February 2004 Seaman Road sewage lagoons, Jackson County, Mississippi First confirmed record for Mississippi
Juvenile Grasshopper Sparrow Photo of a grasshopper sparrow 27 June 2002 Clay County, Mississippi First documented nesting record for Mississippi
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