American Birding Podcast



Rare Bird Alert: August 9, 2019

ABA rarities continuing into this, this first full week of August, include the Black-faced Grassquit (ABA Code 4) still singing in south Florida, the Slate-throated Redstart (4) was seen again this week in Texas, as was the Common Crane (4) in Arizona. Both Red-footed Booby (4) and Nazca Booby (5) were seen in California again this week, and at least one Little Egret (4) in Maine.

Sorry for the lack of photo links, eBird was down due to a power outage when I was preparing this post.

Late summer is stint season in the ABA Area, and we definitely had some this week. Most notable was a Illinois’s 1st record of Little Stint found in Fulton and seen by many birders this week.

Illinois’s 1st Little Stint was seen by many this week. Photo © Vida Kalina

That wasn’t the only 1st this week. Continuing in our season long theme of southern birds turning up in the north comes a Black Vulture in Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, the 1st territorial record.

British Columbia had a Black Phoebe in Ladner this week.

It was all stints all the time in California in the last few days with a Little Stint (4) in San Diego and a Red-necked Stint (3) in Solano.

Noteworthy for Colorado was a Least Bittern in Weld. 

In Texas, a Rose-throated Becard (3) was in Hidalgo. 

Good for Florida was a Ruff (3) in Palm Beach. 

An unusual subspecies for Georgia was seen this week in the form of a “European” Whimbrel at St. Catherine’s Island.

In South Carolina, a Limpkin turned up in Charleston, the latest of what has been an exceptional year for them.

And no birding community knows that better than Ohio’s, which just had its 4th record of Limpkin show up in Lucas, all of which have come in the last two months.

In New York, a Brown Booby was seen in Putnum. 

And in Nova Scotia, the province’s 5th and 6th record of Red-billed Tropicbird were seen at sea this week.


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.