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Rare Bird Alert: July 13, 2018

Continuing birds in the ABA Area includes still-present Tamaulipas Crows (ABA Code 4) in Texas, a pair of Tufted Flycatchers (4) in Arizona, and Little Egrets staying put in both Maine and Newfoundland.

Zenaida Dove (5) in Miami-Dade, not far from the city of Miami and far inland from where the Caribbean species is typically found when it shows up in the ABA Area, is the most exciting bird of the week. It turned out to be fairly reliable at a dirt road with a bunch of puddles among a good variety of pigeons and doves.

Photo: Aaron Yappert/Macaulay Library

One 1st record for the period, from the “didn’t expect that there” files, a young California Condor was photographed near Laramie, Wyoming. The bird’s wing tag identified it as an individual released in Northern Arizona earlier this spring and was, by all appearances, perfectly healthy aside from a serious case of wanderlust.

Over in British Columbia, birders experienced an exceptional week. A Guadelupe Murrelet (3) seen off Vancouver  represents the province’s 2nd record. BC’s 2nd Curve-billed Thrasher was discovered at Canal Flats, and a Manx Shearwater was seen off of Nigei Island.

California’s 7th record of Violet-crowned Hummingbird was visiting a feeder in Kern.

In Nevada, a White-eyed Vireo photographed in Clark represents the state’s 10th.

Groove-billed Ani was seen in Cochise, Arizona, a nice bird for that state.

Crested Caracara in Meade, South Dakota, this week is that state’s 2nd.

Noteworthy for Iowa, a Lazuli Bunting was discovered near Saylorville.

In Alabama, a Limpkin was seen at Wheeler NWR.

And in Quebec, a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was seen in Centre-du-Québec.


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.