American Birding Podcast



Rare Bird Alert: August 3, 2018

The same birds continue this week as the last couple weeks. Little Egrets (ABA Code 4) are still being seen in Maine and Newfoundland, and the Zenaida Dove can still be found in Florida, though it can be tough.

It’s definitely “stint season” in the ABA Area now, as an apparent Little Stint (4) was found in Barnstable, Massachusetts, this week. Little Stint is an rare but regular vagrant to western Alaska, and exceptional elsewhere in the ABA Area, though reports of this species have increased in the last 20 years as birders begin to better understand Little Stint vagrancy and vagrant Calidrid identification.

Also in the northeast, birders in Connecticut have had a great deal of luck seeking tubenoses on Long Island Sound, not an especially reliable spot for these birds. In the past couple weeks Great Shearwater, Cory’s Shearwater, and the state’s 2nd record of Sooty Shearwater have all been found.

Roseate Spoonbill noted in New Jersey last week has crossed the state line to show up in Orange, New York. Also in the state, a Brown Booby (3) was seen offshore in Suffolk.

Pennsylvania had a young Wood Stork in Fayette.

West Virginia also had a young Wood Stork this week, appropriately in Wood County.

In Maryland, a Brown Booby (3) was seen in Queen Anne’s. 

Yet another extralimital Wood Stork this week, this one in Chariton, Missouri.

In Colorado, a Little Blue Heron was seen in Weld, the second in the state this summer.

Noteworthy for Arizona, a Yellow-green Vireo was photographed in Santa Cruz.

Pelagic birders in California had a small handful of Townsend’s Storm-Petrels in San Diego waters.

And in Alaska, the state’s 2nd Red-footed Booby was seen asea near Agattu Island in the Aleutians.


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.