It's Heliornis Fulica. The SUNGREBE.
This bird is approx 1000 Miles away from the nearest population of these birds.
Here's what Wikipedia has to say.
The AZ/NM birdlist has been buzzing with the excitement.
Here it is on the ABA Bulletin
Here's a little more about Sungrebes
Ok, let's see what David Sibley has to say on the subject.
Apparently, from what I've heard on Texbirds, "THERE ARE NO CURRENT ACCREDITED ZOOS WORLDWIDE THAT HAVE A SUNGREBE IN THEIR COLLECTION!"
Sunbitterns yes, Sungrebe NO!
Crazy! If this bird is accepted, it would be the 3rd ABA 1st area record just this year!
Makes you wonder how many birds we miss.
Here is another blogger's point of view.
Ok, I know, I've just given you all your summer reading for next summer but, do check out the photos. This is one cool bird!
Anyone have $158? (the current amount for a plane ticket to NM if I left on Fri... lol)