The Gold Book goes into more depth with sightings and does mention that all Piedmont and Mountains & Valleys records were in associated with inland-driven hurricanes.
Notably, there hasn't yet been a single record of Black Skimmer in Virginia in 2018. The small population that typically rides out the winter near Lynnhaven Inlet in Virginia Beach either departed ahead of the Jan 3/4 blizzard event, or they didn't survive it. This is the first year I can remember there not being a single Jan/Feb report for the species in the state. Our closest reports thus far in 2018 are in the middle Outer Banks, though they're creeping closer to us along the coastline.
Seeing one unrelated to an ocean-to-inland low pressure system event so far inland would be an exceptional report. If I were you, I'd drive around a bit and try to find it... and try out that new phone's camera!
Rob Bielawski Virginia Beach, VA
On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 9:19 AM, Patti Reum via va-bird < <va-bird...> wrote:
> I am not 100 percent positive of this, but I was in the Verizon store > getting a phone in Staunton and of course, looking out the window as I > waited. A large black bird with some white markings and a red and black > bill flew over with the definite shape of a skimmer. I have no idea what > else it could be. Any thoughts from anyone if this could be possible? > > > Patti Reum > *** You are subscribed to va-bird as <robbielawski...> If you wish > to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit > https://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird *** > *** You are subscribed to va-bird as <lists...> If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit https://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***