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Rare Bird Alert: April 19, 2019

Texas boasts the most continuing ABA notables for what feels like the millionth stright week, which both Crimson-collared Grosbeak (ABA Code 4) Tamaulipas Crow (4) appearing on the eBird Alert once again.  Pink-footed Geese (4) are present in Ontario and Quebec, indicating their slow retreat northward as the spring rolls on. And in Florida, at least one of the recent Key West Quail Doves (4) was refound, showing respectably (especially given the species) for several birders.

This week sees our first spring overshoot from Asia, in the form of a White Wagtail (3) in Clark, Nevada. This individual looks to be of the widespread east Asian ocularis subspecies which represents the vast majority of North American records.

Elsewhere in the west, a Red-footed Booby (4) was spotted in Los Angeles this week.

In Texas, two separate Fork-tailed Flycatchers (3) were seen this week, on in Chambers and another on High Island. 

Red-naped Sapsucker was seen in Bellevue, Nebraska.

Long-billed Curlew dropped in at Montrose Point in Cook, Illinois, shockingly the first for the state since 1985.

Always a nice find in the east, a White-faced Ibis was seen by many in Suffolk, New York.

In Louisiana, a Cinnamon Teal was discovered at Grande Isle.

Newfoundland had a somewhat expected but still noteworthy “Common” Mew Gull among the gull flock near St. John’s.

A spring overshoot in Quebec, a Louisiana Waterthrush was seen in Montreal.

And Connecticut’s 2nd record of California Gull, one of several in the northeast this month, was seen in New Haven. 


Omissions and errors are not intended, but if you find any please message blog AT 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 <>, the richly illustrated journal of ornithological record published by the ABA.


American Birding Podcast: Field to Screen with Jason Ward & Rob Meyer

Birders have been portrayed onscreen for decades now, with mixed accuracy. While this has definitely changed for the better in recent years there’s still room to grow and the web-series Birds of North America is pushing the public perception forward once again and it definitely deserves your attention. The series is produced by the media group Topic, it can be found on their website and on YouTube. It is hosted by Bronx-native and bird twitter stalwart Jason Ward and directed by filmmaker Rob Meyer, who wrote and directed A Birder’s Guide to Everything. They both join me to talk about this new venture and what it means for birders.

Also, a great idea in Portland that we might have heard before and a little bit on the LIVE episode of the American Birding Podcast that we’re hosting at the Biggest Week in American Birding.

Thanks to Zeiss Sports Optics for their support of this episode!


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Birding Photo Quiz: April 2019

I have two pet peeves.

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Blog Birding #401

Warblers that migrate less tend to sing pair duets more, the reasons for this are explored by Liam Mitchell at The AOS Pubs Blog.

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Rare Bird Alert: April 12, 2019

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2019 AOS Classification Committee Proposals, Part 3

The third and fourth batches of 2019 bird taxonomy proposals submitted to the American Ornithological Society’s North and Middle America Classification Committee have recently been released. For those who might not know, this committee is the volunteer group of ornithologists who make the split, lump, and name-change decisions that influence the ABA Checklist and our [read more…]

Will You Be the 2020 ABA Young Birder of the Year?

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How to Know the Birds: No. 5, Why Do Shovelers Spin?

Birds do things. Northern cardinals embellish their songs with squirrel-like chatter; American crows patrol parking lots in their quest for whiskey; sagebrush sparrows flip their long tails expressively, as if they were tiny roadrunners; and American dippers do it all.

Ducks, being birds, do things too. They sit pretty on duck ponds, the drakes sporting [read more…]

Happening NOW: Have You Checked In With Florida Lately?

But, really… Have you? If you’ve been following any of the many Facebook rarity groups, the weekly RBA on this blog, or eBird rarity alerts, you’ve likely noted that for several months now, Florida has been dominating the rarity scene. From the Black-tailed Gull and the just-found Key West Quail-Dove in Volusia County to fascinating, [read more…]

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