Tony Fitzpatrick

Enjoy this celebration of birding with great food, music, and art while helping the ABA help birds and birders!

At this afternoon party, we will announce the species, and unveil the painting of the 2020 ABA Bird of the Year, by Chicago icon and prominent American artist Tony Fitzpatrick.

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Rare Bird Alert: March 29, 2019

The list of lingering ABA rarities is dwindling this week, but Texas is still hosting both a Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) and a Yellow Grosbeak (4) this week, with the addition of returning Tamaulipas Crows (4). And in Alaska, the ABA 1st Long-legged Buzzard (no code) is still hanging tight on St Paul and the saylight begins to lengthen in earnest.

One 1st record to report this week, a bird seen earlier in the month that I inadvertently overlooked. South Carolina’s 1st, and overdue, record of Trumpeter Swan was seen among wintering Tundras in Colleton. 

North Carolina has a Bar-tailed Godwit (3) in the state or the third consecutive spring, this one in Carteret.

New Jersey’s 5th record of California Gull was seen in Middlesex this week.

Notable for Texas, a Golden-crowned Sparrow was seen in Gray, adding to the mini-irruption of this species this winter east of its regular range.

Good birds for Colorado include a Neotropic Cormorant in Adams and a Eurasian Wigeon in Huerfano. 

Pelagic birding in British Columbia continues to produce, with the latest find a small group of Parakeet Auklets off Tofino.

And in California, a Blue-footed Booby was seen, or maybe seen again after a long absence, on Southeast Farallon Island in San Francisco. 


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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