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Rare Bird Alert: June 29, 2018

Noteworthy continuing rarities in the ABA Area include Tamaulipas Crows (ABA Code 4) still being seen in south Texas, and the long-staying Tufted Flycatcher (4) remains reliable for those willing to make the hike to find it. In the northern tiers of the continent, a White-tailed Eagle (4) is still sitting tight on St. Paul Island, Alaska, and the Little Egret (4) in Maine looks like it might stick out the summer again.

Louisiana had a Masked Duck (3) in Caddo, near Shreveport, this week. This bird was still present for birders chasing it in the days since its discovery. This secretive waterfowl species might be more regular in the ABA Area than the records suggest, this is the second in 2 years following a bird in Oklahoma last year. This would represent the 5th record for Louisiana.

British Columbia had its second provincial 1st record of the month this week in the form of a nice-looking Golden-winged Warbler near Quesnel. The bird was photographed but was not found again.

Staying in the northwest, Alaska continues to produce even into the summer, with Temminck’s Stint (3) in Barrow. Most exciting was a Rufous-tailed Robin (5), only the 5th or so for the ABA Area, seen briefly on Gambell.

In Washington, an Eastern Phoebe in Wahkiakum is a nice bird, and a pair of Alder Flycatchers, in Skagit and Pend Oreille represent that state’s 5th and 6th records.

In California, another Nazca Booby (4) was seen offshore in Monterey.

Arizona had a Berylline Hummingbird in Cochise.

Good birds for Colorado this week include a Lesser Nighthawk in Montrose and a Tricolored Heron in Boulder.

Nebraska’s 3rd record of Reddish Egret was seen by many birders in Hall this week.

Wisconsin had a Bell’s Vireo in Dane.

In Ohio, a Western Meadowlark was found in Ottawa.

On the heels of the Roseate Spoonbill invasion, Wood Storks  are turning up in odd places, too, including one in Dauphin, Pennsylvania this week.

But spoonbills are still showing up, including in New Jersey where a Roseate Spoonbill was seen in Atlantic.

And in New York, a pair of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks were seen in Suffolk.


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.

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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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