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Rare Bird Alert: July 27, 2018

Noteworthy birds continuing into this week in the ABA Area include the Zenaida Dove (ABA Code 5) in Florida and Little Egrets (4) in both Maine and Newfoundland.

Starting in California, where a second Nazca Booby (4) was seen in Santa Barbara waters in addition to the one reported from Ventura last week. This species is looking more and more like an uncommon but regular stray to waters of the west coast, something that might have been unimaginable even 5 years ago.

Good birds in British Columbia this week come from Victoria, where a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and a Northern Parula were recorded.

In Nevada, a Common Ground-Dove was seen in Clark.

A young Long-tailed Jaeger was photographed in Alfalfa, Oklahoma.

Nice for Manitoba was a Glossy Ibis at Oak Lake.

Ohio had yet another Roseate Spoonbill, this one in Holmes, the latest in this incredible spoonbill irruption we’ve seen in the east this summer.

Good for West Virginia, a Ruddy Turnstone was photographed near Huntington.

The first in North Carolina in several years, a Curlew Sandpiper (3) was seen this week in Dare.

And in New Jersey, a likely Red-necked Stint (3) in Atlantic initiates “stint season” in North America.


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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