American Birding Podcast



Rare Bird Alert: June 7, 2019

Another good week of rarities across the continent as spring overshoots make up a large percentage of the vagrants across the ABA Area. Continuing rarities include the Red-footed Booby (ABA Code 4) in California, the Slate-throated Redstart (4) in Texas, and  a Common Crane (4) in Arizona. The Red-flanked Bluetail (4) and White-tailed Eagle (4) in St Paul Island, Alaska, continue into this week. On the east coast, the Little Egret (4) looks settled in for the summer in Maine, and a Zenaida Dove (5) is still being seen with some regularity in Florida. 

It’s time to turn to Alaska, as excellent east Asian vagrants are showing up with some regularity now. Highlights of the week include Eyebrowed Thrush (3) and Lesser Sand-Plover (3) on St Paul, Hawfinch (4), Common Greenshank (3), and another Eyebrowed Thrush (3) on Adak, and a Common Greenshank (3) Gambell. We’re still waiting on the full report from Attu though that should come next week.

There are a couple 1st records to report, both representing southern birds overshooting into the north. The first, a Swainson’s Warbler in Essex, Vermont, would represent a 1st for that state. So far as I can tell the bird has not been seen, only recorded at this point.

And Montana’s 1st record of Tricolored Heron in Valley highlights an exceptional week for that state that also included its 6th Yellow-throated Vireo near Billings.

Noteworthy for British Columbia this week was a Black Phoebe at Anahim Lake.

Idaho had a Northern Parula in Canyon.

A Great-tailed Grackle was photographed in Multmomah, Oregon.

California’s 9th record of Black-tailed Gull was seen in San Mateo this week.

Nevada had its 5th record of Mourning Warbler in Clark. 

A Heermann’s Gull in Pinal, Arizona, was a good find in that state.

New Mexico’s 5th record of Yellow-green Vireo was recorded in Eddy. 

In Texas, a sharp-looking Red Phalarope was seen in Harris. 

Wisconsin’s 4th record of Hooded Oriole turned up in Green Bay. Remarkably, this is the 3rd record of this species this spring in Wisconsin.

In Michigan, a Black-headed Gull (3) was seen in Iosco. 

Manitoba had a Ruff (3) this week in Winnipeg.

Good birds for Quebec this week include a Western Tanager at Saguenay and a Yellow-throated Warbler in Montérégie.

Newfoundland’s 6th record of Turkey Vulture was present at La Manche PP near St. John’s, also on the island, a Painted Bunting in Stephenville is the province’s 4th.

In Nova Scotia, a Lark Bunting was well-photographed on Seal Island, as was a Black-bellied Whistling Duck at Blockhouse.

Connecticut had a one-day wonder Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Fairfield.

New York is doing well when it comes to Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, with birds in Albany and Nassau.

In Delaware, a Little Egret (4) was seen at Bombay Hook this week.

Maryland had a Black-bellied Whistling Duck in Baltimore.

In West Virginia, a Red-necked Phalarope was seen by quite a few birders in Mason. 

Virginia also had Black-bellied Whistling Ducks this week, a flock in Frederick. 

South Carolina had yet another Limpkin this week, in Dorchester. 

As did Alabama, where a Limpkin in Shelby is the state’s 6th.


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.