A calendar of noteworthy occurrences in New Jersey birding history, such as first state records. Also ruminations on documentation, sources, and historical matters, plus the occasional off-topic post or moth photo.
Monday, September 29, 2008
On this day in 1894, A. H. Phillips found a Western Kingbird (in that day, an Arkansas Kingbird) in Princeton, Mercer County, and took it as a specimen. This was just the first recorded instance of what has become an expected fall vagrant in NJ: so expected, in fact, that it has never been a Review List species.