American Birding Podcast



Rare Bird Alert: May 24, 2019

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the Common Crane (ABA Code 4) in Arizona, the Little Egret (4) in Maine, and the Zenaida Dove (5) in Florida.  The previously reported Slate-throated Redstart (4) in west Texas has evidently been joined by a second bird and they now appear to be nesting, which is something that has not happened north of Mexico very many times, if at all.

We start in the northeast extreme of the ABA Area where the ABA’s 5th record of Eurasian Oystercatcher (5) was found at Lushes Bight on the north coast of Newfoundland. This would represent the province’s 4th record. Also in the province, a European Golden-Plover (4) was seen in Goulds. Newfoundland is probably the best place in the ABA Area for that species, which has been annual in recent years.

There were a handful of 1st records to report this week, and we get to stay in eastern Canada for the first. Fresh off the news of Quebec’s 1st Burrowing Owl last week comes another long-awaited provincial 1st in the form of a Black-necked Stilt in Baie-du-Febvre. That species has come as close as a kilometer to Quebec in the past but only now crossed the border. Also good for Quebec, a Piping Plover was photographed at Côte-Nord.

Delaware’s 1st record of WIlson’s Plover was seen at Bower’s Beach in Kent this week, the latest in what is turning out to be an impressive movement of this species up the Atlantic coast.

And in Oregon, a Red-footed Booby (4) was photographed on a buoy by a fisherman off Newport for that state’s 1st record. Notably, it was a white morph bird. All previous vagrant records in the north Pacific coast of North America have been brown birds.

Alaska is beginning to get interesting, as both Lesser Sand-Plover (3) and Black-tailed Godwit (3) were seen on St Paul Island this week. The annual excursion to Attu is heading out soon as well, so we will be awaiting reports from there with bated breath.

In British Columbia, a nice male Costa’s Hummingbird was photographed at a feeder in Halfmoon Bay.

Washington’s 7th record of LeConte’s Sparrow was seen in Whatcom, in the eastern part of the state.

Nevada had a Bronzed Cowbird in Clark, the state’s 6th.

Chico Basin Ranch in Pueblo, Colorado, was productive last week with discoveries of Canada WarblerMourning Warbler, and Hepatic Tanager. 

In North Dakota, a tailless Worm-eating Warbler was seen by many in Bismarck.

Minnesota’s 4th record of Bullock’s Oriole comes from Kandiyohi this week, only a few days after the state’s 3rd.

In Wisconsin, a Hooded Oriole at a feeder in Bayfield is the state’s 2nd.

Manitoba had a Painted Bunting at a feeder in River Hills.

in Ontario, Brown Pelicans were seen in Niagara and Durham, with the latter cutting a path along the Lake Ontario shore for many miles. Also, a Black-tailed Gull (4) was seen on the Bruce Peninsula.

Nova Scotia had a spate of southern overshoots to report this week, including many Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, a single bird in Lununberg and a small flock in Queens. A young Laughing Gull was notable for the province in Halifax, and a Black Vulture was photographed in Queens, as well.

In Maine, a Tricolored Heron was seen in Knox. 

Rhode Island had a Mississippi Kite in South Kingston.

The Queens borough of New York, New York, more closely resembled central Wyoming this week, with the discovery in close succession of a Burrowing Owl and a Sage Thrasher, the latter the first record of this species in decades.

Pennsylvania had a large flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks turn up in Montour. 

New Jersey also had Black-bellied Whistling Ducks this week, a single bird in Cape May, and a small flock in Monmouth.

Virginia’s 2nd record of Neotropic Cormorant was seen in Fairfax this week.

And in North Carolina, the state’s 7th Limpkin turned up in Mecklenburg. Pelagic trips out of Hatteras are in full force this week as well, with many of the regulars seen along with an irregular Fea’s Petrel (3).


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.