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The ABA Rare Bird Alert’s Weekly Highlights
Wednesday October 10, 2018   |
White-crowned Pigeon, in Texas?

How many species from other continents can American and Canadian birders find during one week? This week, birders found two Asian species – a Sedge Warbler and Common Ringed Plover – plus a European species, a Gray Heron, almost made it to Canada when it landed on a ship far offshore of the Grand Banks in Newfoundland. There were also three first state records, a first provincial record and a second state record.

First state record Fork-tailed Flycatcher – near Casper, Wyoming

First state record Gray Flycatcher – Monhegan Island, Maine

First state record Rock Wren – southeast Pennsylvania

First provincial record Common Ringed Plover – Campbell River, British Columbia (Eurasian species)

Second state record White-crowned Pigeon – Cameron, South Padre Island, Texas

Second continental record Sedge Warbler – Gambell, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska (Asian species)

Really rare sightings:

Willow Flycatcher – Gambell, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska

Fork-tailed Flycatcher – Les de-la-Iles-Madeleine, Quebec

Gray Heron – offshore Grand Banks, Newfoundland (Eurasian and African species)

Yellow-billed Loon – Summit, Colorado

Kirtland’s Warbler – Charleston, Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Townsend’s Warbler – coastal North Carolina

Frigatebird (probable Magnificent) – Block Island, Connecticut

Several exciting rare sightings:

Vermillion Flycatcher and Say’s Phoebe – southeast Missouri

Alder Flycatcher – near Santa Barbara, California

Lark Bunting, Townsend’s Solitaire, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Say’s Phoebe – Massachusetts

Brown Booby, Roseate Spoonbill, Prothonotary Warbler – Phoenix area, Arizona

Blue-footed Booby – offshore Tillamook, Oregon

Continuing Rare Birds included the Sinaloa Wren in Arizona, a Blue-footed Booby in Utah, Nazca Booby and Blue-footed Booby in California, a Golden-crowned Warbler in Texas, and a Black-tailed Gull in British Columbia. How long will these rare birds persist, and what exciting new rare and off-course birds will birders find this week?

For more information, see the American Birding Association’s Rare Bird Alert at http://blog.aba.org/2018/08/rare-bird-alert-august-3-2018.html

Often, you can find more information about individual rare bird sightings from the state rare bird alert listserves, which you can access at http://birding.aba.org/


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