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Rare Bird Alert: May 3, 2019

Texas is still the epicenter of continuing rarities, with the Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) reported last week singing as if on territory, and the long-staying Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4)in the Valley. Pink-footed Geese (4) are also scattered about, this time in Newfoundland and Quebec.

We’ll lead off with Maine, which is once again hosting Little Egrets (4) in Cumberland for yet another consecutive summer. Southern Maine is building a reputation as perhaps the most reliable spot for this vagrant in the ABA Area from year-to-year.

There is one 1st record to report this week, a Lewis’s Woodpecker in Altamont, Illinois. This species has been a anticipated in the state for some time, given its long pattern of vagrancy east of its core range, and there are several records even to the east of Illinois.

And we’re starting to get reports from Alaska as birders are once again heading off to the Aleutian and the Bering Sea Islands after a long winter. That increased coverage is already paying dividends, as a young Steller’s Sea Eagle (4) was seen on Shemya Island in the central Aleutians a few days ago.

Notable birds in British Columbia include a Lesser Goldfinch at a feeder in Princeton, and multiple Mottled Petrels and Murphy’s Petrels (3) from a pelagic out of Tofino.

Good for California was a Red-faced Warbler in Los Angeles. 

Nevada’s 4th record of Cassin’s Sparrow was seen this week in Clark. 

In Colorado, a Bronzed Cowbird was seen in Pueblo. 

The hits keep coming in Texas, where the state’s 14th record of Flame-colored Tanager was discovered in Cameron, along with a Short-tailed Hawk in Bexar. 

Very good for Tennessee is a sharp-looking Curlew Sandpiper (3) in Lake. 

Florida’s 3rd record of White-collared Swift (4) was seen in Monroe this week, and a La Sagra’s Flycatcher (3) turned up in Palm Beach. 

Hermit Warbler in Whitby, Ontario, got a lot of birders excited this week.

In Quebec, a Painted Bunting was visiting a feeder in Angliers.

And Newfoundland hosts a handsome Black-tailed Godwit (3) of the expected islandica subspecies near St. John’s.

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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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