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Rare Bird Alert: July 20, 2018

The Zenaida Dove (ABA Code 5) discovered in south Florida last week is still being seen into this week, the most notable ABA Area bird still remaining. Both Maine and Newfoundland still have Little Egrets (4) as well, with possibly more than one individual in the former.

One first record in the ABA Area this week, a state we don’t always get to talk about often but one that has filled in its list with eastern vagrants with some regularity in recent years. In Idaho, a nice Louisiana Waterthrush was seen near Ketchum for a 1st state record.

In Alaska, a particularly ratty and mysterious Old World warbler in Utqiagvik, the town formerly known as Barrow, was largely accepted to be a “Siberian” Chiffchaff (5). The species has been seen a handful of times on western Alaska islands, but this looks to represent the first record for mainland North America.

In British Columbia, a trio of Lesser Goldfinches at a feeder in Osoyoos is a nice bird for the province.

California had a pair of notable finds this week, a Fulvous Whistling-Duck in Los Angeles and a Nazca Booby (4) on Anacapa Island in Ventura. 

South Dakota’s 3rd state record of Crested Caracara, and the second bird in as many weeks in the state, was found near Rapid City.

Missouri’s 2nd record of Cave Swallow was seen among a large swallow flock in Bates.

In Quebec, a small group of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks were seen in Montréal.

Nova Scotia had a Little Blue Heron on Cape Sable Island.

Rhode Island’s 10th or so record of Franklin’s Gull was photographed near Middletown.

And in South Carolina, a Limpkin was found in Richland.


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.