Summer birding is truly a strange time in North America. The weather is uncomfortable, the bugs are out, the birds are ratty and everyone is chomping at the bit for shorebird season to heat up. But still, late July can offer some surprises for those willing to brave the elements, often in the form of post-breeding dispersal and the early stages of fall migration.
Continuing rarities in the ABA Area are concentrated around the southern tier, with the Collared Plover (ABA Code 5) hanging on in Hidalgo, Texas, and the Tufted Flycatcher (5) and at least 2 Plain-capped Starthroats in Cochise, Arizona.
One of the more interesting minor movements of the week involves Limpkin, a species most associated with south Florida marshes. They’ve been steadily marching north over the last several years, however, increasingly turning up in Georgia, as 2 did this week in Crisp County, with an outlier in Catawba County, North Carolina, that state’s 5th record and the first away from the coastal plain.
This Limpkin in Catawba Co, NC, is notable not only for being the first in the state in nearly 20 years, but the third farthest north record ever of this subtropical species. Photo by Lori Owenby
Also notable for North Carolina, a Brown Booby (3) was photographed off Hatteras.
In Maine, the annual Red-billed Tropicbird (3) at Seal Island has returned for an astounding 11th year.
Nova Scotia had a Crested Caracara, found at Dutch Settlement.
A Western Grebe in Dane, Wisconsin, is a noteable bird for that state
Nebraska’s 2nd record of Couch’s Kingbird was photographed in Douglas.
In Colorado, at least two Baird’s Sparrows were discovered singing in Larimer.
A Hooded Oriole was found in Somers, Montana.
Alberta’s 3rd record of Golden-winged Warbler was discovered in a park in Calgary.
As reported by our own Lynn Barber earlier this week, a Eurasian Collared-Dove in Anchorage is a great bird for Alaska.
In Oregon, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo was found in Portland.
Signs of an El Nino year in California keep coming, the latest being a Magnificent Frigatebird in Santa Barbara.
And in Texas, both a White-eared Hummingbird (3) and a Greater Pewee were found in the Davis Mountains.
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.
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