American Birding Podcast



Rare Bird Alert: April 26, 2019

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the now singing Crimson-collared Grosbeak (ABA Code 4) in Texas, along with still-present Tamaulipas Crow (4). A Pink-footed Goose is still being seen in Quebec (4), as is the Key West Quail-Dove (4) in Florida.

After a long stretch of relatively slow reports, the gates finally burst open along with the first big rush of spring migrants. The most notable new bird in the ABA Area this week was the ABA Area’s 2nd record of Red-legged Thrush (5), a striking bird seen at Lantana Nature Preserve in Palm Beach, Florida.

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the thrush is that it is at the exact same site as a Bahama Mockingbird (4), which has been present for a few days.

Texas had a pair of noteworthy birds as well, the most exciting of which was a Black-vented Oriole (5) in Nueces, Texas. This is only the 6th record of this middle American species in the ABA Area with all previous records coming from Texas. Also, a Slate-throated Redstart (4) was seen in Big Bend NP this week as well.

We have one 1st record to report, from Massachusetts, where a Black-whiskered Vireo was photographed on Martha’s Vineyard. Interestingly, a Black-whiskered Vireo turned up in Rhode Island in May of last year.

Noteworthy birds in New Jersey include a Black-headed Grosbeak in Morris, and a Swainson’s Warbler in Cape May for the second consecutive year.

In Vermont, a Blue Grosbeak was photographed near the town of Windsor.

In Newfoundland, a pair of Pink-footed Geese (4) were discovered in Lumsden.

Nova Scotia had a Worm-eating Warbler on Cape Sable Island.

Fish Crow, recorded in Estrie, Quebec, was a nice find so far north.

Ontario hosted a trio of notable water birds in a a pair of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in Wheatley, a striking male Cinnamon Teal at Sombra, and a White-faced Ibis in Amherstburg.

Michigan’s 5th record of Tufted Duck was found in Allegan. 

Good for Wisconsin was a Laughing Gull in Dane. 

South Dakota’s 3rd Curve-billed Thrasher was seen in Mitchell.

Idaho’s 3rd record of Worm-eating Warbler was photographed in Rexburg.

Good for British Columbia was a Snowy Plover seen in Tofino.

Oregon had a Tundra Bean-Goose (3) in Crook, the state’s 3rd.

In California, a Little Stint (4) was seen in San Diego. 

Nevada’s 4th record of Glossy Ibis was found in Clark this week.

And in Colorado, a Hooded Oriole was discovered in Denver, the state’s 5th record.


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.