An Arctic visitor made a very rare stop at the North Shore Boat ramps late Wednesday afternoon. Word spread quickly in the birdwatching community that a red phalarope stopped at Buckeye Lake on its winter migration to the coast of southern South America. Birders said the small wader hasn’t been seen in the area for at least 75 years. The phalarope breeds in the Arctic and migrates on oceanic routes. It winters at sea on tropical oceans. The single bird was about 800 miles off an oceanic route. It fed for several hours around the boat docks at the ramp, swimming in a circle and feeding on what its vortex brought up. Our visitor wasn’t shy, living up to its reputation as tame and approachable. Thanks to Hebron Mayor Clifford Mason for the tip. Beacon photos by Charles Prince.