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Rare Bird Alert: July 12, 2013

The streak of near weekly first state/provincial records that has been ongoing for over a year continued in a huge way this past week. It’s not often that we’re faced with a potential first ABA Area record, and even less frequently that the record is chaseable. If you haven’t yet heard about the incredible circumstances surrounding the discovery of New Mexico’s and the ABA Area’s first Rufous-necked Wood Rail, seen much of this week at Bosque Del Apache NWR in Socorro, New Mexico, you need to remedy that immediately.


photo by Jeff Gordon

Beyond the rail, the rare bird scene was slower, which is not particularly unusual in the middle of July. Shorebird season is around the corner, however, and getting closer every day.

In California, a Veery was heard singing in Sierra, one of only a very few reported from the state in recent years.

A Summer Tanager was discovered in Prince George, British Columbia.

No state firsts for Colorado this time, but a late report of a Brown-crested Flycatcher in Alamosa is notable.

Always a nice find inland, a Laughing Gull was lakeside in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Nova Scotia’s second Crested Caracara in as many years was seen near Canso.

A Brown Booby (3) turned up on a whale-watching boat offshore in Massachusetts, and rode the boat all the way in to Boston where it lingered.

A Royal Tern was spotted in Milford, Connecticut.

Good for the upper Atlantic is a Purple Gallinule in Burlington, New Jersey.

In Maryland, a Painted Bunting was photographed in Prince George’s.


Omissions and errors are not intended, but if you find any please message blog AT and I’ll 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

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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.
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