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Rare Bird Alert: July 18, 2014

If last week was slow, this week, sadly, is slower. But there are signs of a resurgence for those with eyes to see. Mid-summer is the beginning of vagrant shorebird season, and stints are on their way to North America and now is the time to be on the look out for them.

First blood comes from Florida, where appropriately a Red-necked Stint (ABA Code 3) was found by visiting birders on Boca Chica Beach in Monroe. Despite being semi-annual farther north along the Atlantic Coast (and even more expected on the left side of the continent), the southeast has very few records of this cool little Calidris, and this is a first state record for Florida.

Photo by Viktor Nillson- Örtman, used with permission

Photo by Viktor Nillson- Örtman, used with permission

Up in New Jersey, White-faced Ibis is increasingly expected in summer and fall, as it is all over the east. One was seen this week in Cape May.

A Eurasian Collared-Dove in Queens, New York, is potentially another outpost of this rapidly expanding species. Questions have been raised, however, about the bird’s provenance and identity, Streptopelia doves being an under-rated identification challenge.

In Connecticut, an American Avocet was seen near the town of Milford.

The leavings of Hurrican Arthur last week are still hanging around in the Maritimes, and a Black Skimmer was lingering in St. Martins, New Brunswick.

In Nova Scotia, a trio of Black-necked Stilts were seen in Shelburne.

A second Field Sparrow joined a bird discovered last week near LaRiviere, Manitoba.

In Saskatchewan, a Dickcissel was heard near Esteven.

The Bering Sea Islands of Alaska are still producing quality birds, even in mid-summer, a Lesser Sand-Plover on St. Paul being the most notable this week.

In British Columbia, an Indigo Bunting was found near Cawston.

A Brown Thrasher in Pacific, Washington, largely bypassed the birding community to be reported in a local paper.

In California, a Blue-footed Booby (4) was seen on a Channel Island in Ventura County.

And in Colorado, a Pacific Wren was discovered in Ouray.

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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.

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.

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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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