- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - A shorebird that breeds in Siberian Asia and parts of western Alaska has made a rare appearance in the Florida Keys.

Swedish biologist Viktor Nilsson-Ortman spotted the red-necked stint last week near Naval Air Station Key West while he was out looking for nighthawks and mangrove cuckoos. He recognized the red-throated bird because he had seen many of them while working in Siberia on a survey of breeding birds.

The red-necked stint migrates thousands of miles and has been spotted on along this country’s Pacific and Northeastern coasts. One had never been documented in Florida until Nilsson-Ortman reported his sighting online.

The Miami Herald (https://hrld.us/1r7uQ5M ) reports that bird watchers from as far away as Iowa are now flocking to the Keys to see the bird for themselves.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, https://www.herald.com

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