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Rare Bird Alert: October 12, 2018

Sorry for the delay in getting this ready. Hurricane Michael did a number on my town and we’ve been without power for nearly 24 hours now. Just finally getting some juice so I can finish this off. Thanks to Greg Neise for giving me a bit of a head start on this.

Anyway, it’s definitely October, and rarity season is off and running!

The Golden-crowned Warbler (ABA Code 4) in Hidalgo, Texas continues, and boobies seem to be all over the place. On October 7th, a pelagic out of Ventura, California, netted 5 species: Masked (3), Red-footed (4), Brown (3), Blue-footed (4),and Nazca (4).  The Blue-footed Booby (4) at Lake Powell in Utah, which is that state’s 1st record, is still hanging around at least into the beginning of the week.

In New Brunswick, a Gray Kingbird in Wilmot was a 1st record of the species for the province.

Arizona’s 1st RInged Kingfisher was photographed in Graham. The species is regular in Texas, but has been recorded in Oklahoma and Louisiana in recent years.

California’s 2nd Common RInged Plover was found in Marin on October 8, and a White-rumped Sandpiper was photographed in Humboldt.

In Florida, a Bahama Mockingbird (4)was photographed in Palm Beach.

Utah’s 7th record of Hooded Warbler was a beautiful male photographed in Washington.

In Ohio, a Cinnamon Teal was seen in Fairfield/Franklin.

Nebraska’s 2nd Anna’s Hummingbird was found in Saunders.

Tropical Kingbirds like to get around. Alaska had one Tropical Kingbird in Juneau, Colorado’s Tropical Kingbird was in Jefferson, their 3rd, and in Missouri a Tropical/Couch’s Kingbird was found in Henry but unfortunately left before its ID could be confirmed to species.

Minnesota had a Black-throated Gray Warbler in Blue Earth, and another Black-throated Gray Warbler was found today in New Jersey.

New Mexico had a small flock of Lawrence’s Goldfinch in Grant.

Noteworthy for British Columbia was a Lesser Goldfinch in Cranbrook.

And in Quebec it was a good week for birds from the western half of the continent, with a Western Meadowlark found in Gaspésie and a Swainson’s Hawk in Lanaudière.

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Omissions and errors are not intended, but if you find any please message blog AT aba.org 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 <aba.org/nab>, 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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