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Rare Bird Alert: July 6, 2018

It’s hot, and not in the fun, bird-producing way. This week saw holidays in both the US and Canada which typically offer a little bump in terms of potentially find interesting birds, but the avian activity seemed as hesitant to move in the heat as many birders. Or maybe it’s just the midsummer. In any case, it was a slower period.

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the Masked Duck (ABA Code 3) in Louisiana, one or perhaps more Little Egrets (4) in Maine, and the long-staying Tufted Flycatcher (4) in Arizona.

2018 continues to be a very good year for Fork-tailed Flycatcher (3) in the ABA Area, with a ratty bird discovered near Middletown, Delaware, not far from the ABA’s headquarters in Delaware City. Though to be far, nothing in Delaware is all that far from anywhere else in the state.

New Jersey had it’s second Roseate Spoonbills in as many weeks with a bird in Cape May.

In Newfoundland, a Little Egret (4) was seen and photographed by many at Spaniard’s Bay on the Avalon Peninsula.

Always nice away from the coast, Michigan had a Laughing Gull in Berrien

Seen last month in Manitoba, a Ferruginous Hawk near the town of Lyleton was noteworthy for the province.

In South Dakota, a Cassin’s Sparrow has been singing as if on territory in Fall River for a few weeks now.

Kansas also had a Roseate Spoonbill this week, in Sedgwick, and a Clark’s Grebe was seen in Hodgeman.

Notable for Colorado, a Common Gallinule was found near Fort Collins.

In Texas, a Northern Jacana (4) has been in Hidalgo for a few days.

In California, a Guadelupe Murrelet turned up in the Long Beach harbor in Los Angeles.

And in British Columbia, a Mottled Petrel (3) was seen from an NOAA vessel in BC water, and an Indigo Bunting was photographed in Golden.


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.