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Rare Bird Alert: April 19, 2019

Texas boasts the most continuing ABA notables for what feels like the millionth stright week, which both Crimson-collared Grosbeak (ABA Code 4) Tamaulipas Crow (4) appearing on the eBird Alert once again.  Pink-footed Geese (4) are present in Ontario and Quebec, indicating their slow retreat northward as the spring rolls on. And in Florida, at least one of the recent Key West Quail Doves (4) was refound, showing respectably (especially given the species) for several birders.

This week sees our first spring overshoot from Asia, in the form of a White Wagtail (3) in Clark, Nevada. This individual looks to be of the widespread east Asian ocularis subspecies which represents the vast majority of North American records.

Elsewhere in the west, a Red-footed Booby (4) was spotted in Los Angeles this week.

In Texas, two separate Fork-tailed Flycatchers (3) were seen this week, on in Chambers and another on High Island. 

Red-naped Sapsucker was seen in Bellevue, Nebraska.

Long-billed Curlew dropped in at Montrose Point in Cook, Illinois, shockingly the first for the state since 1985.

Always a nice find in the east, a White-faced Ibis was seen by many in Suffolk, New York.

In Louisiana, a Cinnamon Teal was discovered at Grande Isle.

Newfoundland had a somewhat expected but still noteworthy “Common” Mew Gull among the gull flock near St. John’s.

A spring overshoot in Quebec, a Louisiana Waterthrush was seen in Montreal.

And Connecticut’s 2nd record of California Gull, one of several in the northeast this month, was seen in New Haven. 

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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.