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Rare Bird Alert: July 19, 2019

Sorry for the late publication. It’s been a pretty exhausting 24 hours involving cancelled flights, lost laptops, and a very late arrival at home for me following an otherwise extraordinary visit to Newfoundland. I’ll keep all this short and sweet. Continuing rarities include the Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in Texas, the Red-footed Booby (4) in California and Little Egret (4) in Maine.

The easy highlight of the week was the ABA’s 2nd record of Antillean Palm Swift on Grassy Key in Monroe, Florida. The first continental record of this tiny Caribbean swift came from 1972, also in mid-July, interestingly enough. Generally considered to be non-migratory, this species is an expected vagrant despite being very common just over the Straits of Florida in Cuba.

The swift was exciting, but it was the passage of Hurricane Barry from the Gulf of Mexico into the interior of the continent which say a great many hurricane waifs pushed northward. The epicenter of this phenomenon was Tennessee, which saw it’s 1st record of American Flamingo in Lake in the days ahead of the storm. There has been some suggestion that this individual was the same one that had spent several weeks at St. Marks NWR on the Florida panhandle.

And once the storm had passed, several birds were left in its wake, including another state 1st for Tennessee, Sandwich Tern, Seen at the same lake as the state’s 5th Magnificent Frigatebird 7th Royal Tern, and 6th Black Skimmer. Over towards Memphis, a Great Shearwater as well.

That wasn’t the only Barry bird to make waves. Kentucky’s 2nd record of Great Shearwater was seen in Marshall. 

What might be Manitoba’s 1st provincial record of Ash-throated Flycatcher was photographed in Winnipeg this week.

Ohio’s 3rd Limpkin, and the third seen this month, was seen at Magee Marsh in Lucas.  

South Dakota had a Black-chinned Hummingbird at a feeder in Pennington.

In Ontario, a Ferruginous Hawk was reported at Moosonee.

Massachusetts had a Red-necked Stint (3) in Essex, leading off stint season in the ABA Area.

North Carolina’s 3rd record of Sharp-tailed Sandpiper was seen in Dare this week. Also a handful of Purple Gallinules were notable in Currituck. 

Texas had a Rufous-backed Robin (3) in the Davis Mountains.

Arizona’s first Plain-capped Starthroat (4) of the season was seen in Hereford.

Always a tough identification in California, Townsend’s Storm Petrels (3) were seen this week off Ventura Island, and a Parakeet Auklet has returned to San Francisco

In British Columbia, the province’s 2nd Common Ringed Plover was seen in Tsawwassen.

And in Alaska, a Costa’s Hummingbird turned up at a feeder in Juneau.

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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, 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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