by Nate Swick
A short intro this week, one that was defined generally by two phenomena. First, the wind out of the southwest has been pretty much constant for the last several days, the result being that there have been a ton of western birds turning up in the east, particularly around the Great Lakes. Second, the bird of the week may well be Ruff, as the invasion staged last fall is seeing a sequel, particularly mid-continent, as all those southbound Ruffs in the fall are heading north and stopping at many of the same places on the way back. Only this time, many of them are looking really sharp.
We have another state first, finally making it full year since we've gone more than one week without a first state or provincial record somewhere in the ABA-Area, which is still ridiculously impressive and a testement to all the really focused bird-finding going on out there.
That first record came from Alberta, where the province's first Purple Sandpiper was well-photographed near Calgary. the bird sadly didn't stick around more than a day and a half.
Nearby in Idaho, an Orchard Oriole in Jefferson is that state's 2nd record.
A White-faced Ibis was photographed near Cranbrook, British Columbia.
Just in time for the Kachemek Bay Festival, a Eurasian Hobby (ABA Code 4) turned up near Homer.
A couple Chimney Swifts were seen among Vaux's at a roost site in Douglas, Oregon.
In New Mexico, a Rose-breasted Grosbeak was in Albuquerque.
A Green Violetear (3) was a very brief visitor to a feeder in Cameron, Texas, this week.
Shocking enough for the locale, but even moreso in mid-May, was a Common Redpoll in Baldwin, Alabama.
A pair of American Flamingos flew by Miami-Dade, Florida, and an absolutely gorgeous Western Spindalis (4) was photographed in Monroe.
Semi-annual north of Florida, a Gray Kingbird wasd reported from near McClellonsville, South Carolina.
A Swallow-tailed Kite had to be an exciting find in Cape May, New Jersey, and a Painted Bunting turned up in Monmouth.
The first of many Ruff (3) this week was one in Cayuga, New York. Also in New York, a White-faced Ibis in Chautauqua and a Swallow-tailed Kite flew over Queens.
In Rhode Island, a lingering King Eider was seen in Napatree and an overshooting Boat-tailed Grackle in Charlestown.
Massachusetts had a Ruff (3) in Essex.
In New Brunswick, a Common Gallinule was in a marsh near St. George.
Notable birds in Newfoundland include a Northern Wheatear and a "Eurasian" Whimbrel, both at Cape Spear.
For Ontario, a Lark Bunting at Frontenac and a Swainson's Warbler at Point Pelee are both very good this week.
A staggering 3 Kirtland's Warbler were seen this week in Ottawa, Ohio, and a Red Phalarope in Franklin.
Indiana's 2nd ever Rock Wren was near Howe.
A bit more northernly than expected, an Anhinga was seen in Muhlenberg, Kentucky.
Missouri had a Black-headed Grosbeak in Webster, a pair of Ruff (3) in Platt, and a third at Squaw Creek NWR.
Arkansas had a Ruff (3) in Maryville.
The cup bloweth up in Iowa, where a Rock Wren was seen in Boone, a Lewis's Woodpecker visted a feeder in Lime Springs, a Lazuli Bunting turned up in Cedar Rapids, a Western Tanager in Mason City, a Bullock's Oriole in Story, and a Painted Bunting near Shenandoah. Pshew!
Increasingly common in the north, a Great-tailed Grackle was reported from McLeod City, Minnesota.
A couple good birds in North Dakota include a Barrow's Goldeneye near Gackle and a Hooded Warbler near Grand Forks.
Great for Saskatchewan was a nice male Black-throated Blue Warbler photographed in Saskatoon.
A bizarre records for Wyoming is an apparent Red-bellied Woodpecker visiting a feeder in Laramie.
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
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