Nikon Monarch 7

aba events

Rare Bird Alert: February 17, 2012

The excitement surrounding the Snowy Owl irruption of 2011-2012 may have peaked, but the birds themselves continue to show up in farther and farther south, particularly on the southern plains where a recent report of a Snowy Owl in a public park near Dallas, Texas, puts an defiant exclamation point on this season’s records.  Unless one turns up in Mexico, of course.

The drought of first state records comes to an end this week with a remarkable report of a Virginia’s Warbler in Talbot, Maryland.  This is one of only a few records from the eastern half of the continent.

And Arizona also gets a state first, a Common Redpoll discovered in the House Rock Valley, Coconino, in the northern part of the state.

Elsewhere in Arizona, a report of a Snow Bunting in Santa Cruz, and the Nutting’s Flycatcher (5) at Bill Williams NWR in La Paz continues into its third month.

It’s been a good winter for Iceland Gull in California, with the second in as many weeks discovered in Yolo,  a  Brown Booby (3) was also found just offshore in Los Angeles.

Always exciting south of Alaska, a McKay’s Bunting was recently identified in Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor, Washington.  The bird has apparently been present for several weeks but was originally identified as a Snow Bunting.

A possible Steller’s Sea-Eagle (4) was spotted flying over Juneau, Alaska, but the bird was not refound.

Another western report of Iceland Gull comes from Broomfield, Colorado.

Very good for the southern Rockies is a Barrow’s Goldeneye in Colfax, New Mexico, and a Common Redpoll in Santa Fe.

One of only about 20 records for North Dakota, a Barrow’s Goldeneye was reported from Garrison Dam in McLean.

A Bullock’s Oriole is visiting a feeder in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa.

Both a Mountain Bluebird and a Townsend’s Solitaire are present at Prince Edward Point Wildlife Area, near Picton, Ontario.

A Golden-crowned Sparrow in Hancock, Ohio, is apparently the same bird that has visited the area for the past few years.  Also, a California Gull can be found around the harbor in Lorain.

And in Nova Scotia, a Varied Thrush is present in a yard in Shelburne.

In Essex, Massachusetts, a Spotted Towhee is an excellent bird.

A pair of Trumpeter Swans have been present around Woodbridge, Connecticut, since the beginning of the month.

A stunning adult male Bullock’s Oriole is visiting a feeder in Montgomery, Pennsylvania.

A Western Tanager is visiting a feeder in Durham, North Carolina.

A Black-headed Gull is an excellent find for Georgia, this one near Savannah, in Chatham.

A pair of Caribbean wanderers were reported from Florida this week.  A Western Spindalis (ABA Code 3) in Palm Beach and a possible Bananaquit (4) near Hobe Sound, Martin.

Another Western Tanager report east of the Mississippi River comes from the Dauphin Island, Mobile, Alabama.

In Missouri, a Thayer’s Gull was discovered in a park in downtown Kansas City, Wyandotte.

–=====–

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.

Facebooktwitter
The following two tabs change content below.
Nate Swick

Nate Swick

Editor, Social Media Manager at American Birding Association
Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog, social media manager for the ABA, and the host of the American Birding Podcast. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children. He is the author of Birding for the Curious and The ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas.
Nate Swick

Latest posts by Nate Swick (see all)

  • Not a big deal but there were two California Gulls in Lorain, Ohio, not just one – a 2nd and 3rd cycle.

American Birding Podcast
Birders know well that the healthiest, most dynamic choruses contain many different voices. The birding community encompasses a wide variety of interests, talents, and convictions. All are welcome.
If you like birding, we want to hear from you.
Read More »

Recent Comments

  • Tim Birder, in #ABArare - Masked Duck - Oklahoma... { The 1889 record is accepted by the Massachusetts Bird Records Committee. }
  • Mark Brown, in #ABArare - Masked Duck - Oklahoma... { http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/87790#page/360/mode/1up . Plausible. Notice Frazar he of frazari fame. http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/127030#page/463/mode/1up . Plastic duck to go with his fake gull. http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/37038#page/383/mode/1up . Not sure what state/province. }
  • Tom de Boor, in I Got The Clap! (a birding tale)... { Inspiring, Greg! Makes me feel like driving north right into Spruce Grouse country 😉 }
  • Tim Birder, in #ABArare - Masked Duck - Oklahoma... { There is also a record of Masked Duck in Massachusetts in 1889. }
  • Ted Floyd, in Birding Photo Quiz: June 2017... { Read Priscilla Lai and collaborators' analysis of this Featured Photo: http://birdingmagazine.aba.org/i/840994-jun-2017/64 (ABA member account required for full access to the online article.) }
  • Older »

Categories

Authors

Archives

ABA's FREE Birder's Guide

If you live nearby, or are travelling in the area, come visit the ABA Headquarters in Delaware City.

Beginning this spring we will be having bird walks, heron watches and evening cruises, right from our front porch! Click here to view the full calender, and register for events >>

via email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • Open Mic: Young Birder Camp at Hog Island: Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens September 11, 2017 3:07
    At the mic: Dessi Sieburth, an avid birder, photographer, and conservationist, is a 10th grader at Saint Francis High School in La Canada, California. He is a member of the Pasadena Audubon Young Birder’s Club and Western Field Ornithologists. Dessi enjoys birding in his home county of Los Angeles. Last summer, Dessi attended Camp Colorado, […]
  • Introducing the Whimbrel Birders Club! September 7, 2017 2:33
    Whimbrel Birders Club was established at the first annual Illinois Young Birders Symposium in August 2016. We are a birding club truly meant for everyone, no matter your age, disability, or ethnicity. […]
  • Open Mice: Kestrels–An Iowa Legacy May 16, 2017 6:29
    A few years ago, a short drive down my gravel road would yield at least one, if not two, American Kestrels perched on a power line or hovering mid-air above the grassy ditch. Today, I have begun to count myself lucky to drive past a mere one kestrel per week rather than the daily sightings. […]

Follow ABA on Twitter