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The ABA Rare Bird Alert’s Weekly Highlights
Wednesday August 7, 2019   |
Iowa’s First State Record Heermann’s Gull, recently fledged bird, was sighted far inland from the species’ normal range along the Pacific Coast of southern California and northwest Mexico.

New records and remarkable sightings highlight a week of surprising rare birds, including a First State Record Heermann’s Gull, an immature bird, was photographed on the shore of Saylorville Reservoir in Iowa. Another First State Record was recorded in North Carolina – a Pacific Golden Plover at Cape Hatteras National Seashore near Buxton. There was an impressive collection of rare seabird sightings on both coasts, and inland; along with a surprise mid-summer sighting of an adult male Snowy Owl in North Dakota.



First State Record Heermann’s Gull – Saylorville Reservoir, Iowa

First State Record Pacific Golden Plover – near Buxton, North Carolina

Sixth State Record Wilson’s Plover – Seal Island Refuge, Maine

Sixth State Record Neotropical Cormorant – Richfield, Minnesota



Snowy Owl – Jamestown, North Dakota

Blue Grosbeak – Spirit Lake, Mequon, Wisconsin

Wilson’s Phalarope – Amherst Point, Nova Scotia

Hudsonian Godwit – Salinas River Refuge, California

Roseate Spoonbill – Prescott, Arizona



White-faced Storm Petrel – offshore Hatteras, North Carolina

Bermuda Petrel – offshore Hatteras, North Carolina

Magnificent Frigatebird – Canoa Ranch, Arizona

Brown Pelican – Lewiston, Idaho

Nazca Booby – Dana Point, California

Nazca Booby – Santa Barbara, California

Brown Booby – Ogunquit, Maine

Brown Booby – Cape St. Mary’s, Newfoundland


The Second North American Antillean Palm Swift was still being seen last week on Grassy Key, Florida, along with the Black-faced Grassquit. The Common Crane persists in Arizona, two Plain-capped Starthroats in the Huachuca Mountains in Southeast Arizona, the Red-footed Booby in coastal California, and a Little Egret or two in southern Maine reported last week. Arctic-nesting birds and neotropical migrants have initiated their post-nesting movements and migrations, so August will surely produce more exciting rare birds!

For more information, see the American Birding Association’s Rare Bird Alert at http://blog.aba.org/2019/08/rare-bird-alert-august-2-2019.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/

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