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Rare Bird Alert: August 24, 2018

Noteworthy continuing birds in the ABA Area include a single Little Egret (ABA Code 4) that continues to cross back and forth between Rhode Island and Connecticut, and the Zenaida Dove (5) still being seen from time to time in south Florida.

New England continues to be the epicenter of late summer birding, highlighted by a great week in Massachusetts. The state’s 2nd record of Bermuda Petrel (3) seen from an NOAA vessel in Massachusetts waters, a Brown Booby was seen inland in Berkshire, and a Common Ringed Plover, the state’s 5th, found in Barnstable.

Common RInged PLover breeds in the far north of the ABA Area, but is quite rare awat from Nunuvut. Photo: Sean Williams/Macaulay Library

One 1st record to report. This summer has already been a spectacular one for Roseate Spoonbills and Wood Storks, so is stands to reason other subtropical species are coming north in smaller numbers. In Ontario, a young Reddish Egret in Bruce did just that for a 1st record for the province.

In Nova Scotia, a pelagic out of Jeddore had a Yellow-nosed Albatross (4).

Continuing the pelagic theme, a Trindade Petrel (3) was well-photographed in New York waters from a pelagic out of Brooklyn. 

In North Carolina a second Curlew Sandpiper (3) of the summer was seen on Ocracoke Island in Hyde.

South Carolina had a Olive-sided Flycatcher in Greenville.

Illinois becomes the latest state to host Roseate Spoonbill, with one in Franklin.

In Oklahoma, and inland Brown Booby (3) was seen near the town of Dover.

In Montana, a Blue-headed Vireo was photographed near Billings.

Notable for Utah, a male Baltimore Oriole turned up in Salt Lake City.

A pelagic trip out of San Diego, California, had 2 Red-footed Boobies (4) and a Craveri’s Murrelet (3).

And in British Columbia, a Brown Booby was seen near Malcolm Island.


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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