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Rare Bird Alert: November 16, 2018

Noteworthy continuing rarities in the ABA Area this week include the Gray Heron (ABA Code 5) in Newfoundland. Both Golden-crowned Warbler (4) and Roadside Hawk (5) continued to be seen into the past week in Texas. The Red-footed Booby (4) has been sitting tight in California, and a Bananaquit (4) was seen in Florida at least into the beginning of last week.

The end of the year always seems to produce excellent birds from Florida, and 2018 appears to be no exception, with the season’s 1st LaSagra’s Flycatcher (4) found in Miami-Dade. Also in the impossibly birding Miami-Dade, a 3rd Key West Quail-Dove (5) was reported from a banding station in the county, an incredible run of this often very difficult Caribbean vagrant.

One of the most extraordinary records of the year came this week from Ontario, where a White-crowned Pigeon was photographed in Renfrew. This is potentially a provincial 1st record and, by far, the farthest north this species has ever been recorded.

Nevada also had a 1st record this week, when a Field Sparrow was found in Clark. Not long after that record, the same site produced the state’s 5th Winter Wren.

In California, a Eurasian Skylark is an excellent find in Del Norte. 

Colorado had both a Harris’s Hawk and a American Black Duck in Larimer. More, a Golden-crowned Sparrow was seen in Boulder.

frigatebird sp was photographed in Dane, Wisconsin, this week. Unfortunately the photos cannot be parsed to species.

Good for Louisiana was a Sage Thrasher in New Orleans. 

North Carolina has a Bar-tailed Godwit (3) in Carteret for the second straight year.

In New Jersey, a LeConte’s Sparrow was seen in Cape May.

New York becomes the latest state to score a Gray Kingbird this fall, with one found in Suffolk.

And in Massachusetts, Essex was hopping this week, as it usually is in the colder months, with a Black-throated Gray Warbler and a Pink-footed Goose (4).


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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