A SERVICE OF THE OUTDOOR WIRE DIGITAL NETWORK
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019
Two Brown Pelicans figured into last week’s rare birds list: A Fifth State Record Brown Pelican was observed in northern Utah, while the species was a rare northern sighting in East Jeddore, Nova Scotia.
Birders in seven states and one province found new record rare birds last week, including a First State Record Limpkin for Illinois. Originating from Asia, a Second State Record Little Stint was located on the northwest point of Washington, while another Second State Record was found on the Atlantic shore of Florida – a first fall Heermann’s Gull – normally a Pacific Coast species. Birders in southern California found another Asian migrant, a Common Ringed Plover, which is a Third State Record, and there were more state record reports from Tennessee, Utah, Texas, and Newfoundland – not to mention more Asian species sighted on Bering Sea islands in western Alaska.
STATE AND PROVINCIAL RECORDS
First State Record Limpkin – near Olney, Illinois
Second State Record Little Stint – near Neah Bay, Washington
Second State Record Heermann’s Gull – Indiatlantic Beach, Florida
Third State Record Common Ringed Plover – Irvine, California
Third State Record Brown Booby – Duck River Bottoms, Tennessee
Third Provincial Record Roseate Tern – Trepassey, Newfoundland
Fifth State Record Brown Pelican – Bear River Refuge, Utah
Fifth State Record White-crowned Pigeon – Galveston, Texas
REALLY RARE ALASKA BERING SEA ISLANDS SIGHTINGS
Gray-streaked Flycatcher – St. Paul Island, Alaska
Jack Snipe – St. Paul Island, Alaska
Lesser Sand Plovers (2) – St. Paul Island, Alaska
Dark-sided Flycatcher – Gambell, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska
Pallas’s Bunting – Gambell, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska
REALLY RARE SIGHTINGS
Common Ringed Plover – Trepassey, Newfoundland
Long-tailed Jaeger – Cheyenne Bottoms Refuge, Kansas
Sabine’s Gull – West Point Dam, Georgia
Roseate Spoonbill – Ash Meadows Refuge, Nevada
Little Blue Heron – near Franktown, Colorado
Prothonotary Warbler – Chateauguay, Quebec
Brown Pelican – East Jeddore, Nova Scotia
CONTINUING RARE BIRDS
Birders continue to enjoy views of the vibrant Berylline Hummingbird, along with a host of other hummers in Southeast Arizona, while the Common Crane continues in north-central Arizona. Beyond Arizona, the Black-faced Grassquit has been relocated in Florida, while the Yellow-billed Loon is still being monitored in Iowa. We’ve already seen an uptick in rare bird sightings in September with the advent of fall migration. Who will find the next rare birds?
For more information, see the American Birding Association’s Rare Bird Alert at http://blog.aba.org/2019/09/rare-bird-alert-september-6-2019.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/