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Rare Bird Alert: August 17, 2018

Little Egret (ABA Code 4) can still be seen in Maine and Rhode Island this week, and the Nazca Booby (4) in Ventura County, California, was seen this week, rounding out the continuing noteworthy ABA rarities this week.

Offshore birding in Massachusetts was about as good as it can get, as at least two Barolo Shearwater (5) highlighted trips that also picked up Masked Booby (3) and Red-billed Tropicbird (3), excellent birds for New England waters.

Connecticut had its second state 1st record in a 7 day period when a Black-bellied Whistling Duck was photographed in Essex for a long-anticipated addition to the state list.

Also in the northeast, Newfoundland had a Fork-tailed Flycatcher (3) at Bonavista this week.

Notable for Quebec, a Louisiana Waterthrush was seen in Estrie.

Ontario had a young Little Blue Heron that was seen by many birders near Harrington.

In Pennsylvania, a Black-bellied Whistling-Duck turned up in Mercer.

Maryland continues the Roseate Spoonbill parade, with a young bird in Montgomery.

Good for Tennessee, a Wood Stork was seen in Coffee.

Curlew Sandpiper (3) was seen on Cumberland Island, Georgia.

The Roseate Spoonbill irruption isn’t just occuring on the east coast, it is increasingly pushing northwest as well, as illustrated in a spoonbill in Mingo NWR, in Wayne, Missouri.

Iowa also had a Roseate Spoonbill this week, a bird in Johnson representing the state’s 5th or so.

Good for Manitoba, a White-winged Dove was seen at a feeder in Dufresne.

Colorado had a Tricolored Heron in Prowers.

In addition to the Nazca Booby mentioned at the top, California continues to roll in Sulids with Red-footed Boobies (4) in Monterey and San Diegoand a Blue-footed Booby (4) found at the Salton Sea in Riverside.


Omissions and errors are not intended, but if you find any please message blog AT aba.org and I will try to fix them as soon as possible. This post is meant to be an account of the most recently reported birds. Continuing birds not mentioned are likely included in previous editions listed here. Place names written in italics refer to counties/parishes.

Readers should note that none of these reports has yet been vetted by a records committee. All birders are urged to submit documentation of rare sightings to the appropriate state or provincial committees. For full analysis of these and other bird observations, subscribe to North American Birds <aba.org/nab>, the richly illustrated journal of ornithological record published by the ABA.


Join the ABA in Thailand for Photography and Birding!

The American Birding Association, in partnership with Tropical Birding Tours, invites you to join the ABA Thailand ‘Birding with a Camera’ Tour. Thailand is one of the finest birding destinations on Earth and holds some of Asia’s coolest looking birds: glittering pheasants, gargantuan hornbills, luminous leafbirds, vivid sunbirds, and languid laughing-thrushes. This trip explores the northeastern mountains on the Myanmar border and mid-elevation forests of central Thailand from 18 February – 1 March 2019. 

The exquisite Kaiji Pheasant is one of the spectacular species we hope to encounter in Thailand.

The Birding with a Camera tour concept is a perfect hybrid trip for people that enjoy photographing birds as much as they enjoy seeing and watching them. We balance finding and watching as many birds as possible, while also trying to take great photos of them. We still target endemics and other specialties, but if the opportunity presents itself, we will quickly switch over to photography. We will also try to see and photograph other animals if any are around. The idea is that you see and capture as many great images of a wide variety of subjects as possible.

For more information on this and any other ABA Event, check out the ABA Travel Website.


ABA Checklist Committee adds Four More Species to ABA Checklist

In recent weeks, members of the ABA Checklist Committee (CLC) have added four additional species to the ABA Checklist. Three are vagrants from the Old World–Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka), Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus), and Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio). The fourth is a vagrant species from Middle America, Great Black Hawk (Buteogallus urubitinga),

Full accounts for [read more…]

Blog Birding #375

Birdchick, aka Sharon Stiteler, writes that the first step towards a life in birding is as simple as noticing birds.

Over the years as all sorts of passions have come about, it feels like we share our passions. Though I may not get why my adult friends are obsessed with going Disney World every [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 10, 2018

Noteworthy continuing birders in the ABA Area have a decidedly “little” theme, with both Little Egret (ABA Code 4) in Maine and Little Stint (4) in Massachusetts making appearances. The Zenaida Dove (5) is still being reported at the dove watering spot southwest of Miami.

The doldrums of July are over in a huge way [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Birding While Black with Drew Lanham

One of the issues that the birding community has been reckoning with for the last several years is our relative lack of diversity, at least in terms of black and brown faces in the field, and how we can encourage a broader coalition of nature enthusiasts to join us and to share the joy [read more…]

#ABArare – Great Black Hawk – Maine

2018 has certainly not wanted for unbelievable bird records. August brings us yet another mind-blower when a raptor discovered and photographed on August 6 in York County, Maine, turned out to be a young Great Black Hawk. The ABA’s 1st record (still pending) of this widespread Neotropical species was discovered on South Padre Island, Texas, [read more…]

Blog Birding #374

We don’t always think of woodpeckers as a troublesome taxonomic family, but at Avian Hybrids, Jente Ottenburghs suggests that maybe we should.

Let’s start in North America. Here, you can find one of the best studied avian hybrid zones, namely the one between red-shafted flicker (Colaptes auratus cafer) and yellow-shafted flicker (C. a. auratus). The [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 3, 2018

The same birds continue this week as the last couple weeks. Little Egrets (ABA Code 4) are still being seen in Maine and Newfoundland, and the Zenaida Dove can still be found in Florida, though it can be tough.

It’s definitely “stint season” in the ABA Area now, as an apparent Little Stint (4) was [read more…]

#ABArare – Townsend’s Storm-Petrel – California

On July 29, a boat out of San Diego, California, had an ABA Code 3 Townsend’s Storm-Petrel among the more expected pelagic species. Townsend’s Storm-Petrel was one of the Pacific Ocean subspecies of Leach’s Storm-Petrel split from that species in 2016.

Photo: Gary Nunn via Macaulay Library (S47550174)

Until 2016, Townsend’s Storm-Petrel was considered [read more…]

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