American Birding Podcast



Rare Bird Alert: July 12, 2019

Many noteworthy ABA Area rarities look like they’re sticking it in for the summer, including the Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in Texas, Red-footed Booby (4) in California , and Falcated Duck (4) in Alaska. Little Egrets (4) are still being seen in Maine, and the Common Crane (4) i northern Arizona is also evidently staying put.

This summer has been exception for many southern species in the north, and few species have illustrated this phenomenon like Limpkins. North Carolina, South Carolin, and Alabama, have records, and Georgia has already had more than usual. It seemed inevitable one would show out out of the southeast, and a Limpkin in Wayne, Ohio, this week cracked the seal. This is the state’s 1st record.

That was the only first for the week that was, but not the most noteworthy continental rarity. That distinction goes to the ABA’s 4th record of Common Redshank (5), a thus far one-day wonder seen on the Avalon Peninsula in eastern Newfoundland this week. All previous records of this Eurasian shorebird come from Newfoundland.

In Nova Scotia, a Brown Booby (3) was seen in Sydney Harbour.

Pennsylvania also had a Brown Booby (3), in Snyder. 

North Carolina hosted a pair of European shorebirds this week, a sharp male Ruff (3) in Hyde and the state’s 3rd record of Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (3) in Dare. 

In South Carolina, a Shiny Cowbird (3) showed up at a feeder in Charleston. 

Florida had another Bahama Mockingbird (4) this week, this one in Miami-Dade. 

Brown Booby is not a bird typically found well inland, though a number of bizarre records exist. One in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this week is one of those odd few.

Noteworthy birds in Colorado this week include a Common Gallinule in Larimer and a Lucy’s Warbler in Mesa. 

Oregon’s 3rd record of Red-headed Woodpecker was seen near Florence this week.

In British Columbia, a Black Phoebe was seen in Coquitlam and an Acorn Woodpecker in Saanich.

And in Alaska, a Long-billed Murrelet (3) was spotted in Kachemak Bay.


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.