American Birding Podcast



Rare Bird Alert: August 23, 2013

A short introduction this week, but sufficed to say that the streak is once again on the verge of being broken. Birders have seven more days to find a first record somewhere in the ABA area. Get to it!

In actual found bird news, the question “How many Blue-footed Boobies constitutes an irruption?” is an increasingly relevant one. Following New Mexico’s second record last week, another Blue-footed Booby (ABA Code 4) was discovered in the southwest, this time at Patagonia Lake in Santa Cruz, Arizona. Rest assured that this individual is a more more robust representative of booby-dom than it’s starving NM counterpart, and it’s been seen on several occasions fishing successfully at the lake.

BFBO Andrew Core

photo by Andrew Core

Also in Arizona, and even also in Santa Cruz, a Yellow-green Vireo was also found this week.

In California,a Curlew Sandpiper (3) was well-photographed in Monterey.

Other vagrant shorebirds include a Ruff (3) near Quesnel, British Columbia.

Another Ruff (3) in western Canada was seen near Langdon, Alberta.

Alaska is beginning to heat up again, most notably on St. Paul, where a Common House-Martin (4) was stooping at many of the guides there. Birders in Gambell are weighing in as well, with a Little Bunting (4) and a Dusky Warbler (4) seen there over the last couple weeks. Also, a Long-billed Murrelet (3) was spotted in Kachemek Bay and a surprisingly rare for Alaska American Goldfinch at a feeder near Pelican.

Swallow-tailed Kites are making their annual foray into the midwest, with reports from Cass, Michigan, Hancock, Ohio, and Dearborn, Indiana.

In Illinois, a Great-tailed Grackle is a good bird in Morgan.

A Brown Pelican was seen in Wheatley Harbour, Ontario, meaning the species has been seen on both sides of Lake Erie now.

Another Swallow-tailed Kite flew over Capitale-Nationale, Quebec.

New England is becoming the region to find White-faced Storm Petrel (3), but one in Rhode Island’s offshore waters was still notable.

In New York, a sharp-looking Curlew Sandpiper (3) was seen by many in Suffolk.

Birders offshore in Maryland waters were somewhat surprised to see a Black-caped Petrel make an appearance.

That same boat had Band-rumped Storm-Petrel in Delaware waters, one of only a few for that state.

Several Herald “Trindade” Petrels (3) continue to linger in the Gulf Stream off of Dare, North Carolina, but this weekend a White-tailed Tropicbird (3) made an appearance too, with several more coming from an NOAA ship even farther offshore.

Good for Florida, a Willow Flycatcher was noted in Miami-Dade.


Omissions and errors are not intended, but if you find any please message blog AT and I’ll 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.