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Rare Bird Alert: September 7, 2018

Little Egrets (ABA Code 4) continue to be seen in the northeast United States, with a single individual moving between Connecticut and Rhode Island, and the long-staying Maine bird persisting at Scarborough Marsh. A Thick-billed Vireo (4) was seen in Florida again and yet another Red-footed Booby (4) from a pelagic in California.

Alaska comes back into the forefront of the rarity landscape, and birders are stationed in the Bering Sea to take advantage. Both St Paul and Gambell produced this week, the former with a Taiga Flycatcher (4) and the latter with a Willow Warbler (4). Gambell has become something of a reliable spot for Willow Warbler in recent falls.

Photo: Greg Scyphers

No 1sts to report, but there were still plenty of noteworthy birds around the ABA Area. Even in Hawaii, where a Ruff (3) was seen at Waikoloa on Hawai’i Island.

British Columbia had a very nice week highlighted by a Little Stint (4) in Delta. The second Snowy Plover in as many weeks in the province was also seen at Delta, and a White-winged Dove was photographed at Port Renfrew.

In California, a Broad-billed Hummingbird was visiting a feeder in Marin.

Utah’s 11th record of Long-tailed Jaeger was seen in an extremely un-jaeger landscape in Grand. There was also a Reddish Egret in Washington.

Kansas had two different Parasitic Jaegers this week, one in Barton and another in Douglas.

In Michigan, a Swallow-tailed Kite was seen in Muskegon.

Quebec had a Fork-tailed Flycatcher (3) in Normandin.

And notable for Newfoundland, a Black-crowned Night-Heron was photographed in the Lower Rennies River.


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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