A SERVICE OF THE OUTDOOR WIRE DIGITAL NETWORK
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
REALLY RARE SIGHTINGS
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
REALLY RARE SEABIRDS
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/