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Rare Bird Alert: September 14, 2018

At the top of our report this week is the stunning occurrence of a Great Kiskadee at Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada on September 7. Though the species has been spreading in Texas, and along the Gulf Coast to Louisiana, records outside this area are extremely rare.

Great Kiskadee, Rondeau Provincial Park, Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada © Laura Rainbow Dragon

Rarity season ramps up in the Bering Sea with a Pechora Pipit (4) at Gambell, September 6; an appearance by a (the?) White-tailed Eagle (4) on St. Paul Island on September 8; a Falcated Duck (4) at Shemya September 8; and rounding out Alaska sightings, an apparent Little Bunting (4) in Juneau on September 7, and Alaska’s 14th Gray Catbird at Sitka, September 7.

Tennessee scored its first record of Brown Booby in Memphis on September 9.

A Brown Pelican first discovered in August near Sandusky, Ohio, was still present September 7.

Early September is prime time for inland Sabine’s Gulls and Long-tailed Jaegers. A Sabine’s Gull found at Yellow-creek State Park, Pennsylvania, adds to the handful of records for that state. Long-tailed Jaeger has finally been recorded in Cook County, Illinois, with 2 birds photographed on the Chicago area lakefront on September 8.

Long-tailed Jaeger at Gillson Park, Cook County, IL. © Josh Engel

Colorado had three Long-tailed Jaegers in the past week, with two at Chatfield Reservoir, and one at Pueblo Reservoir.

Nevada had its third record of Tropical Kingbird at Primm, the second for this year.


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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Greg Neise

Greg Neise

Web Development at American Birding Association
Greg Neise developed his interests in birds, photography and conservation as a youngster growing up in Chicago, across the street from Lincoln Park Zoo. At the age of 13, he worked alongside Dr. William S. Beecher, then Director of the Chicago Academy of Sciences and a pioneering ornithologist, and learned to photograph wildlife, an interest that developed into a career supplying images for magazines, newspapers, institutions and books, including National Geographic (print, web and television), Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Boston Globe, Nature, Lincoln Park Zoo, Miami Zoo, Jacksonville Zoo, The Field Museum and a host of others. He has served as President of the Rainforest Conservation Fund, a volunteer organization dedicated to preserving the world's tropical rainforests. Greg is a web developer for the ABA, and of course, a fanatical birder.
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