Sorry this is up a little late, folks. I just returned late last night from a few days of seabirding in Hatteras and had to complete it the next morning. Onward and upwards! Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the Little Egret (ABA Code 4) in Maine, which is sticking around this year just like it did last year. The Gray Heron (5) in Newfoundland was refound this week a fair distance from its original location. In Florida, the Bahama Mockingbird (4) has been present and easy to find this week. And in Arizona, both the Slate-throated Redstart (4) and the Tufted Flycatcher (5) continue into the week.
While not the rarest bird in the ABA Area this week, a White-winged Tern (4) that spend a few days in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, was arguably the most exciting. Not only are inland records of this species exceedingly rare, and not only did a great many birders in the upper midwest get to see it during its brief stay, but it was the first record for Wisconsin since the 1870s!
Photo: David La Puma
It’s not often that a 2nd state record overshadows a 1st, but a Tropical Kingbird in Bayfield, Wisconsin, was seen around the same time as the tern, and is a 1st for that state.
Louisiana also got a 1st record this week, a White-crowned Pigeon seen from a cruise ship heading towards New Orleans in Plauquemines, is certainly an unusual circumstance.
Alaska also got a 1st state record this week, though from the opposite direction that all the Asian birds are coming from. A well-photographed White-faced Ibis at Klawock is a 1st record.
And it is spring rarity season in western Alaska, and the reports from the islands and the western edge of the mainland have been exciting. Most notable is potentially the ABA’s 3rd record of Intermediate Egret (5), see from inaccessible Shemya Island. Birders on Shemya also had a Eurasian Hobby (4), this week. Reports from Gambell and the Pribiloffs include many notable, but annual in the far reaches of the continent, birds including Lesser Sand-Plover (3), Common Greenshank(3), Terek Sandpiper (3), Long-toed Stint (3), Common Sandpiper (3), Slaty-backed Gull (3), Long-billed Murrelet (3), Olive-backed Pipit (3), Temminck’s Stint (3) and Wood Sandpiper.
New Hampshire also had a state 1st in the inevitable and not terribly exciting category. A Eurasian Collared-Dove in East Kingston is another sign of the species’s inexorable spread across the continent.
And in California, a Black Guillemot seen from a NOAA ship west of Fort Bragg is also a potential 1st for the state, as best as I can determine. Also notable, a Glossy Ibis in Los Angeles and a Hudsonian Godwit in Humboldt.
Noteworthy for British Columbia was a Ferruginous Hawk in Osoyoos, and a repositioning cruise in BC waters had a Flesh-footed Shearwater (4).
Very nice for Nevada was a female Hooded Warbler in Tonopah.
Utah had a Tennessee Warbler in Bountiful.
We don’t often get to mention Wyoming in this spot, but the state had a trifecta of good birds this week. A Thayer’s Gull in Fremont was the 12th, a Worm-eating Warbler in Goshen is the 11th, and an adult Little Blue Heron in Natrona is the 14th.
Arizona had a second Flame-colored Tanager (4) for the season in Cochise, and a Berylline Hummingbird (4), and a Plain-capped Starthroat (4) were at the same feeding station at Madera Canyon in Santa Cruz.
New Mexico had a Groove-billed Ani in Eddy.
In Texas, a Green Violetear (3) visited a feeder in Uvalde, and two Brown Boobies (3) visited the state this week, one wrecked inland in Dallas, and one on the coast in Matagorda.
Arkansas also had an inland Brown Booby (3) this week at Lake Hamilton, which has hosted the species before.
Nice in the interior of the continent, a Laughing Gull was found in Taney, Missouri.
Iowa had a potential Crested Caracara in Boone.
In Minnesota, a pair of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks were photographed in La Sueur.
Michigan had both a Eurasian Tree Sparrow in Chippewa and a Swallow-tailed Kite in Marquette.
Gulf Stream pelagics out of Dare, North Carolina, netted multiple Trindade Petrels (3), and a Fea’s Petrel (3) this week.
In New Jersey, a Curlew Sandpiper was found in Cumberland.
Quebec had both a Fork-tailed Flycatcher (3) in Mauricie and a Lark Bunting at Côte-Nord, this week.
A good bird in the maritimes, a Red-headed Woodpecker was visiting a feeder in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, this week.
And Newfoundland saw several birds blown over from Europe this week, including 3 Black-tailed Godwits (3) at Bonavista, a “Eurasian” Whimbrel at Cape Race, and a sharp Ruff (3) at Goulds.
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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