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    Rare Bird Alert: September 27, 2013

    The Blue-footed Booby invasion has officially crossed over
    into “ridiculous” territory. Prior to this year, the high count for
    Blue-footed Booby in California – and indeed the ABA Area, as well
    – was 48 individuals at the Salton Sea during the 1971-72 flight
    year. As of this week, that number is officially blown out of the
    water. The current high count is well into the 70s at the Salton
    Sea, and assuming no double-counts, birders in the state have seen
    over 100 individual Blue-footed Boobies across the state in the
    last couple weeks. At this point, calling it an invasion seems
    quaint. This is more like a Sula-pocalypse. While Oregon and
    Washington are still without a booby this fall, British Columbia
    has finally broken though with a target="_blank">Blue-footed Booby 
    (ABA Code 4) photographed offshore near
    Telegraph Cove. This is the first confirmed record for the
    province, as a previous sight-only record was not accepted. Other
    firsts in the ABA Area include one I overlooked last week. A
    provincial first Hammond’s Flycatcher
    was netted and banded in Shelburne, Nova
    Scotia, last week. The bird was not refound after being fitted with
    its jewelry. And just a reminder that there are other species of
    boobies out there to find, Oklahoma gets it’s first
    Brown Booby (3) – perhaps not entirely
    unexpected given the four seen over the last two years in
    neighboring Arkansas – one photographed by staff at Tishamingo NWR
    in Johnston. That bird has not been seen since
    it’s initial discovery, either. But without doubt, the hottest
    birding for the week is once again in western Alaska, with St. Paul
    and St. Lawrence continuing to attempt to one up one-another. At
    the former, birders on the ABA’s rarity-hunting event did good,
    getting target="_blank">Common Rosefinch
    (4) and target="_blank">Eyebrowed
    (3), in addition to the birds target="_blank">reported last week. While around
    Gambell, birders had Lanceolated
    (5) Red-flanked
    (4) ‘Siberian’
    (5), Pechora
    (4), and  Siberian
    (4) on the former. Meanwhile on the
    mainland, a Stonechat (4) in Anchorage
    proved that one doesn’t have to bird the Bering Sea to get the
    Asian strays, though it clearly helps.

    Red-flanked Bluetail.<br /><p class=Photo by Clarence Irrigoo."
    width="600" height="389" /> Red-flanked Bluetail, Gambell, AK.
    Photo by Clarence Irrigoo.

    In addition to the provincial
    first booby, British Columbia had a Hooded
    near Jordan River and a
    Red-throated Pipit (3) seen and heard
    flying by Metchosin. A Sharp-tailed
    (3) was seen at Fern Ridge,
    , Oregon. Birders in California  are finding
    more than just Blue-footed Boobies, a Yellow-green
    was a good bird in
    Orange, this week. A flyover
    Wood Stork was notable for
    , Nevada. In Arizona, a Red
    was discovered on Lake Patagonia in
    Santa Cruz. Very infrequent inland was an
    Elegant Tern in  San
    , New Mexico. An Arctic
    was notable in Arapahoe,
    Colorado. Excellent for the ABA Area and a rarity for Texas was a
    Crescent-chested Warbler (4) reported
    in Big Bend NP. Always a nice find in the middle of the continent,
    Kansas had a Laughing Gull in
    Douglas. In Iowa, a Townsend’s
    was seen in Boone,
    and a Fulvous Whistling-Duck reported
    from Red Rock Lake in Marion. In Illinois, a
    Say’s Phoebe was seen in
    DuPage. An apparent target="_blank">Ash-throated
    was photographed in
    Hadley, Michigan. Good birds for Ontario
    include a Swainson’s Hawk in
    Leamington and a Least Tern at Point
    Pelee. Very good on the east coast, a target="_blank">Sharp-tailed
    (3) was
    well-photographed at Baie-du-Febvre, Quebec. Also in the province,
    a Trumpeter Swan near Témiscamingue
    and a Sandwich Tern at Côte-Nord. Good
    for Massachusetts was a target="_blank">Franklin’s
    in Fairhaven. In New Jersey, the
    first target="_blank">Curlew
    of the season came from
    Brigantine NWR. In Virginia, a Say’s
    was seen at Chincoteague NWR in
    . Not quite annual in North Carolina, two
    different Hudsonian Godwits were found
    in Dare and Hyde. Notable
    birds in Georgia include a Western
    in Hall and an
    Eared Grebe in

    The 9th or
    10th for the state, a target="_blank">Hudsonian
    was nicely photographed in
    Yazoo, Mississippi, this week.


    Omissions and
    errors are not intended, but if you find any please message blog AT
    aba.org 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
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    Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog. A long-time member of the bird blogosphere, Nate has been writing about birds and birding at The Drinking Bird since 2007, but can also be found writing regularly at 10,000 Birds. In the non-digital world, he's an environmental educator and interpretive naturalist. Nate lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children, who are not yet aware that they are being groomed to be birders.
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    • Richard Hubacek

      Nate–There was a Curlew Sandpiper found in Mendocino County, California last week. First seen on Thursday and refound Friday. It was a county first. Picture can be seen on WFO’s website.

      • http://blog.aba.org/ Nate Swick

        I overlooked that, thanks.

        With all the booby news, it’s hard to find anything else in California this week!

    • David Rankin

      There were actually a crippling 4(!!) Yellow-Green Vireo’s reported in CA this week, 1 each in Ventura, Orange, San Diego and Los Angeles counties, all supported by pictures!

    • Justin

      Franklin’s Gull in Mass turned out to not be a Franklin’s

    • Russell Cannings

      Latest from BC includes: Curlew Sandpiper (Haida Gwaii), 3 more Red-throated Pipits (Haida Gwaii), and an ORIENTAL TURTLE-DOVE (Tofino). There have also been several inland records of Sharp-tailed Sandpiper this fall. Always nice in addition to the regular sightings from the coast. Check the blog for more details: http://bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/

      • Russell Cannings

        Oct 4–Tropical Kingbird in Victoria, BC (Swan Lake)

        Also a couple more sightings of RTPI up in Haida Gwaii. Will update the blog soon

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