Steller’s Sea-Eagle wins 2022 bracket problem

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The successful species in our 2022 Most Wished Birds bracket problem is the Steller’s Sea-Eagle! It gained with 58% of the vote over the Blue-footed Booby’s 42%.

Our brackets started with 64 species in 4 classes: Raptors and Owls, Songbirds, Seabirds and Waterbirds, and Everybody Else, a bunch that included rails, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, and others. All 64 are species that may be present in numerous components of america and Canada, not less than often, and that the majority birders lengthy to come across.

Species that made it to our spherical of 16 included Snowy Owl, Nice Grey Owl, Mangrove Cuckoo, Painted Redstart, Laysan Albatross, and Pink-legged Kittiwake.

The birds in our championship spherical, Steller’s Sea-Eagle and Blue-footed Booby, are each Code 4 species based on the American Birding Affiliation’s guidelines. This implies they’re “not recorded yearly within the ABA Space, however with six or extra whole data—together with three or extra previously 30 years—reflecting some sample of incidence.”

One sure issue within the sea-eagle’s win have to be the publicity over a single person who was seen in japanese Canada in 2021, then in Massachusetts in December and later in Maine, starting on December 30, 2021. It was seen on Georgetown Island, Maine, on March 5, 2022, after which at this time, April 1, it was reported in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. Untold numbers of birders noticed the wayward fowl over the last a number of months, and absolutely extra will search now in Nova Scotia.  

If you wish to ensure of recognizing a wild Steller’s Sea-Eagle, your finest wager is to journey to Japan, the place the species winters on Hokkaido Island. Its typical vary additionally contains South Korea and much japanese Russia.

From 1977 to 2004, there have been seven data of the fowl in Alaska, totally on the Aleutian Islands, based on the 2014 e-book Uncommon Birds of North America.

Within the final three years, Alaska has had a number of extra sightings, from the outer Aleutians to the Pribilofs to sightings on the mainland. One of many mainland Alaska birds, which was seen alongside the Denali Freeway in August 2020, is believed to be the identical person who flew to Canada and the japanese U.S. Marks on the wing point out that it was the identical fowl.

A couple of information about Steller’s Sea-Eagle

  • It’s the heaviest eagle on the planet, weighing 11-20 kilos. Harpy Eagle and Philippine Eagle measure a bit of longer than Steller’s.
  • The invoice measures 4.6 inches from the gape to the tip. It’s more than likely the biggest invoice of any residing eagle species.
  • A DNA evaluation in 1996 discovered that the species is most intently associated to Bald Eagle and White-tailed Eagle. All three have yellow eyes, beaks, and talons.
  • The eagle principally preys on fish and waterbirds.
  • The species is listed as weak and numbers fewer than 5,000 people.
  • Steller’s Sea-Eagles are protected in Japan, the place they’re categorized as a nationwide treasure.

Story up to date at 9:35 pm japanese time, April 1, about Nova Scotia sighting.

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