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Rare Bird Alert: August 31, 2018

The northeast part of the continent continues to be the place to find Little Egret (4), with individuals continuing in Maine, Newfoundland, and one hopping back and forth between Connecticut and Rhode Island. The Zenaida Dove (5) is still being see in Florida, and after a long drought the Sinaloa Wren (5) in southeast Arizona was reported once again, with news that it, at least, attempted nesting this summer, the first incidence of nesting of this species north of Mexico.

The Rare Bird Alert continues to feel like the Roseate Spoonbill alert, especially with two breakthroughs in that species’ impressive irruption this summer. Minnesota’s 1st record of Roseate Spoonbill was discovered in Hennepin this week.

A Roseate Spoonbill in Minnesota was one of two 1st records involving this species in the ABA Area this week. Photo: Isaac Hosch/Macaulay Library

And in Maine, a Roseate Spoonbill representing a state 1st for that state was seen in Piscataguis. 

It wasn’t all spoonbills this week, though it does feel a little like that. In Nova Scotia, a striking male Hooded Oriole photographed on Seal Island represents provincial 1st.

In Washington, a Painted Redstart in Clallam is a state 1st record. That wasn’t all, the state’s 4th record of Northern Wheatear was found on Mount Rainier in Pierce. 

Yet another 1st record came from Tennessee, where an apparent Boat-tailed Grackle near Nashville is a nice 1st record well inland of this primarily coastal species. Also in Tennessee, a Swainson’s Hawk was photographed in Lake . 

A couple more Roseate Spoonbill records to note, in Missouri, a group of Roseate Spoonbill was found in Mississippi, and in Arkansas, Roseate Spoonbills were seen in Crawford.

Kansas had a Swallow-tailed Kite in Shawnee.

Colorado’s 10th record of White Ibis was photographed in Bent. Also in Colorado, a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher was seen in Kit Carson and a Neotropic Cormorant in Kiowa.

In New Mexico a Short-tailed Hawk was found in Catron, an unusual find for a species seen occasionally across the border in Arizona.

In California, a Yellow-green Vireo was photographed in Monterey.

Noteworthy for British Columbia, a Snowy Plover was in Revelstoke.

South Dakota had a Neotropic Cormorant in McPherson. Notably this is on the far northern tier of counties, quite close to North Dakota where this species has yet to be recorded.

In Wisconsin, a Swallow-tailed Kite dazzled birders in Marquette.

Good birds in Ontario this week include a Swallow-tailed Kite at Wasaga Beach, a young Snowy Egret at Rondeau and a  Purple Gallinule in Essex.

In Ohio, a young Brown Pelican was seen in Erie and , what else, a Roseate Spoonbill in Franklin. Ohio has had at least 5 of the latter this summer.

Roseate Spoonbill was also notable in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, this week.

Semi-regular in Newfoundland but still worth noting here, a Common Ringed Plover was photographed in Renews.

Massachusetts had a Townsend’s Warbler on Nantucket Island this week.

And in Florida, a Thick-billed Vireo (4) turned up in Miami-Dade.


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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