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Rare Bird Alert: November 24, 2018

Thanks for your patience during this holiday week! I hope a one-day delayed Rare Bird Alert doesn’t put too much of a damper on your long weekend (at least in the US). Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include both Roadside Hawk (4) and Golden-crowned Warbler (4) in Texas, a La Sagra’s Flycatcher (4) is still being seen in Florida, and a Red-footed Booby (4) continues in California.

This week was a relatively light one in terms of rarities, but Texas comes through again with the report of a Blue Bunting (4) in Cameron. Also in the Lone Star State, a Fork-tailed Flycatcher (3) was seen in Fort Bend, the second in Texas this month.

Good birds in Colorado this week include a Cape May Warbler in Pueblo and a Sedge Wren in Eagle.

Clark County, Nevada, continues to produce great eastern vagrants, the most recent of which is a Gray Catbird.

In California, both a Thick-billed Kingbird and a Little Stint (4) were seen in San Diego

British Columbia had a Black-headed Gull (3) in Victoria this week.

Noteworthy for Iowa was a Varied Thrush visiting a feeder in Cerro Gordo.

In Michigan, an Ancient Murrelet was photographed on Lake Michigan in St. Joseph. The bird was later seen in Lake, Indiana. Also in Michigan, a Purple Sandpiper was seen in Muskegon.

Calliope Hummingbird is visiting a feeder in Goderich, Ontario.

Quebec had a White-eyed Vireo, photographed amid falling snow, in Montréal.

On Prince Edward Island, a White-winged Dove was seen near Stratford.

In Massachusetts, a Western Grebe was seen offshore in Essex.

The latest Pink-footed Goose (4) of the year was seen in Union. 

And in Louisiana, yet another Vermilion Flycatcher was seen in Washington. 


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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