A SERVICE OF THE OUTDOOR WIRE DIGITAL NETWORK
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2019
A male Vermillion Flycatcher photographed last week was the ninth state record for Michigan.
Among the rarest birds reported last week was the first state record Tufted Duck for Colorado, which birders located west of the city of Estes Park in Rocky Mountain National Park. Two other Eurasian species were found in the Northeast, a Ruff in Massachusetts and a Barnacle Goose in Quebec. An exciting Caribbean species, a Key West Quail Dove, was photographed in northeast Florida. Plus, a ninth state record male Vermillion Flycatcher was photographed and continues to wow birders in South Haven, Michigan.
First State Record Tufted Duck – Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Ninth State Record Vermillion Flycatcher – South Haven, Michigan
REALLY RARE SIGHTINGS
Key West Quail Dove – Ormond Beach, Florida
Barnacle Goose – La Vallee-du-Richelieu, Quebec
Ruff – Newbury, Massachusetts
Smith’s Longspur – central Indiana
Western Grebe – Mississauga, Ontario
In addition to last week’s new additions, South Texas birders continue to enjoy sightings of the Yellow Grosbeak and Crimson-collared Grosbeak, and if you’re near the Fallaron Islands, the Blue-footed Booby was still being sighted off the coast of San Francisco. Good luck in all your birding endeavors; it takes that and more to find a truly rare bird.
For more information, see the American Birding Association’s Rare Bird Alert at http://blog.aba.org/2019/04/rare-bird-alert-april-5-2019.html
Special Thanks to the ABA, and Nate Swick, who does such a great job of compiling the ABA’s Rare Bird Alert, which we use to prepare this weekly replay.
You can often find more information about individual rare bird sightings from the state rare bird alert listserves that you can access at http://birding.aba.org/ or at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ABArare/