American Birding Podcast



Rare Bird Alert: August 17, 2018

Little Egret (ABA Code 4) can still be seen in Maine and Rhode Island this week, and the Nazca Booby (4) in Ventura County, California, was seen this week, rounding out the continuing noteworthy ABA rarities this week.

Offshore birding in Massachusetts was about as good as it can get, as at least two Barolo Shearwater (5) highlighted trips that also picked up Masked Booby (3) and Red-billed Tropicbird (3), excellent birds for New England waters.

Connecticut had its second state 1st record in a 7 day period when a Black-bellied Whistling Duck was photographed in Essex for a long-anticipated addition to the state list.

Also in the northeast, Newfoundland had a Fork-tailed Flycatcher (3) at Bonavista this week.

Notable for Quebec, a Louisiana Waterthrush was seen in Estrie.

Ontario had a young Little Blue Heron that was seen by many birders near Harrington.

In Pennsylvania, a Black-bellied Whistling-Duck turned up in Mercer.

Maryland continues the Roseate Spoonbill parade, with a young bird in Montgomery.

Good for Tennessee, a Wood Stork was seen in Coffee.

Curlew Sandpiper (3) was seen on Cumberland Island, Georgia.

The Roseate Spoonbill irruption isn’t just occuring on the east coast, it is increasingly pushing northwest as well, as illustrated in a spoonbill in Mingo NWR, in Wayne, Missouri.

Iowa also had a Roseate Spoonbill this week, a bird in Johnson representing the state’s 5th or so.

Good for Manitoba, a White-winged Dove was seen at a feeder in Dufresne.

Colorado had a Tricolored Heron in Prowers.

In addition to the Nazca Booby mentioned at the top, California continues to roll in Sulids with Red-footed Boobies (4) in Monterey and San Diegoand a Blue-footed Booby (4) found at the Salton Sea in Riverside.


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