American Birding Podcast



Rare Bird Alert: November 15, 2019

Notable birds continuing in the ABA Area include a Blue-footed Booby (ABA Code 4) in California and the still present Antillean Palm-Swift (5) in Florida.

This week was lighter on continental rarities, but we do have a 1st record to report in Ohio where a the state’s 1st record of Tropical Kingbird was seen in Lake. While it’s not unusual for Tropical Kingbirds to make their late summer and fall forays into the heart of the continent, this individual got more than it bargained for in terms of bitterly cold weather. At last report, it was not doing well sadly.

Staying around the Great Lakes, the 4th record of Ancient Murrelet for Illinois was seen in Lake Michigan in Cook. Notably at Montrose Point, which has had a really nice run of rarities lately.

Good for Michigan was a Purple Sandpiper in Ottawa. 

Pennsylvania had a Green-tailed Towhee in Montgomery. 

A “Western” Flycatcher, as yet not identified as either Pacific-slope or Cordilleran, was seen in Burlington, New Jersey, this week.

Massachusetts continues to have a really impressive fall with an Ash-throated Flycatcher in Essex and a Townsend’s Warbler on Nantucket. 

In Nova Scotia, a Hammond’s Flycatcher was photographed near Wolfville.

Ontario had a Black-throated Gray Warbler at Rock Point Provincial Park this week.

In Kansas, an Anna’s Hummingbird was visiting a feeder in Ellsworth for over a week now.

Arizona had a Blue-footed Booby (4) at a lake in La Paz, the first record of this species in the state in some years.

In California, a female-type Garganey (4) was seen in Riverside.  

And in British Columbia, a White Wagtail (3) was seen in Prince Rupert and a Black-throated Sparrow in Revelstoke.


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.