American Birding Podcast



Rare Bird Alert: August 30, 2019

Noteworthy continuing birds in the ABA Area include both Berylline Hummingbird (ABA Code 4) and Common Crane (4) in Arizona, at least one Little Egret (4) in Maine, and the Thick-billed Vireos (4) reported in Florida just last week.

SHorebird migration continues to bring some good birds into the ABA Area, the latest of which is an apparent Red-necked Stint found in Grays Harbor, Washington, this week. The bird was initially reported as a Little Stint, which is not the first time that has happened on the continent. Consensus now, however, seems to be coalescing around the former.

One 1st record to report this week, from Oklahoma, where a Couch’s Kingbird photographed in Commanche would add that species to the state’s checklist. Yet another datapoint for that “southern species in more northern places” phenomenon, though I admit that I was surprised that Couch’s Kingbird had not been recorded in Oklahoma before. Also, noteworthy for that state, a Swallow-tailed Kite was seen in Woodward.

That was hardly the only notable Swallow-tailed Kite this week, Ohio also had a Swallow-tailed Kite in Knox. As did Missouri, with an individual in Iron. 

Noteworthy for Colorado this week, a Piping Plover was seen in Douglas. 

in Utah, a Wandering Tattler made an appearance at Antelope Island State Park in Davis. 

Nevada had a Pacific Golden-Plover at Stillwater NWR in Churchill. 

The 3rd record of Hudsonian Godwit for the Hawaiian Islands was found this week in Hawai’i, the big island.

Alaska reports continue to trickle in, and the most notable recent one is an Olive-backed Pipit (3) on Gambell.

Quebec had a Common Ringed Plover at Petit-Saguenay this week.

And in Virginia, a Limpkin in Fairfax is the latest from the mini-irruption across the southeast this year.


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.