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Rare Bird Alert: October 26, 2018

Notable ABA birds continuing into this week include Golden-crowned Warbler (ABA Code 4) and Tamaulipas Crow (4) in Texas, and Utah’s 1st Blue-footed Booby (4).

This fall is turning out to be exceptional for vagrant flycatchers in the ABA Area. While that’s not completely out of the ordinary–tyrannids are always prone to vagrancy in the fall–the number and diversity of these birds around the continent seem to be higher than in recent years. This is especially true in North Dakota, a state we do not often get to mention in this spot, where an amazing Thick-billed Kingbird in Olliver represents a 1st for the state and an another outlier for this species. Though Thick-billed Kingbird doesn’t quite have the wandering inclination that other flycatchers have, a 2012 record from Ontario suggests that it can get around.

That was not the only vagrant flycatcher to represent a 1st this week, a Vermilion Flycatcher in White Rock British Columbia, also represents a, slightly more expected but still exciting, 1st for the province.

Good for Alaska was a White-throated Sparrow in Homer.

Washington’s 5th record of Prothonotary Warbler was seen in Clallam this week.

In Nevada, an Arctic Tern in Clark is that state’s 7th record.

Notable for Arizona was a Least Flycatcher in Tuba City, Coconino.

New Mexico had a Wood Thrush at a migrant trap in Roosevelt.

Colorado’s 2nd Fork-tailed Flycatcher of the fall, and the 2nd for the state, turned up in Boulder this week.

Nebraska had a Pacific Loon this week near Cunningham.

Yet another Fork-tailed Flycatcher (3) in the ABA Area this fall was seen in Cameron, Texas.

Good birds in Louisiana this week include a Golden Eagle near Mansfield and a MacGillivray’s Warbler in New Orleans.

In Ohio, a Northern Wheatear was found in Richland, the latest in what has been a very good fall for that state.

Florida had a run of very nice birds this week, highlighted by the state’s 2nd record of Violet-green Swallow in Leon. Other good birds included a Kirtland’s Warbler in Flagler, a Black-faced Grassquit (4) in Miami-Dade, and what turned out to be a 2nd Key West Quail-Dove (4) in Palm Beach.

New Jersey had it’s second Black-throated Gray Warbler in as many weeks in Piscataway.

Good for New York was a young Purple Gallinule in Kings and a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in Suffolk.

It’s Euro goose season once again as the first Barnacle Goose (4) of the season was found in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

Newfoundland’s 3rd record of Hermit Warbler was found at Cape Broyle, and a Pink-footed Goose (4) was seen at Mount Pearl.

And good for Michigan was a Little Gull (3) in Muskegan.


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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