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The ABA Rare Bird Alert’s Weekly Highlights
Wednesday May 15, 2019   |

American birders were thrilled to see photos of a First North American Record Pallas’s Gull on Shemya Island, Alaska, a long distance from its normal range in west and central Asia. There were other exciting Asian birds found across Alaska last week too, including a Black-tailed Gull, Eurasian Coots, and a colorful male Falcated Duck. Among the First State Records established, birders found a Zone-tailed Hawk in Maine, a Black Turnstone in Texas, a Common Black Hawk in Oklahoma, a Common Greenshank in New York, and that’s only a few of the many exciting rare birds reported last week.

NORTH AMERICAN RECORD

First North American Record Pallas’s Gull – Shemya Island, Alaska

STATE RECORDS

First State Record Zone-tailed Hawk – Bridgeton, Maine

First State Record Black Turnstone – near Port Arthur, Texas

First State Record Common Black Hawk – Wichita Mountains Refuge, Oklahoma

First State Record Common Greenshank – Long Island, New York

Second Provincial Record Lesser Nighthawk – Long Point, Ontario

Ninth State Record Black-throated Gray Warbler – Hastings, Minnesota

REALLY RARE SIGHTINGS

Eurasian Coots – Shemya Island, Alaska

Falcated Duck – Anchorage, Alaska

Black-tailed Gull – Cordova, Alaska

Gray-crowned Yellowthroat – Santa Ana Refuge, Texas

Curlew Sandpiper – near Hieslerville, New Jersey

Garganey – Plum Point, Newfoundland

Zenaida Dove – Miami, Florida

Bananaquit – Key Biscayne, Florida

La Sagra’s Flycatchers – Everglades National Park & Palm Beach, Florida

Gray Kingbird – Sabine Pass, Texas

MORE REALLY RARE BIRDS

Painted Redstart – Eads, Colorado

Bermuda Petrels – offshore Hatteras, North Carolina

Brown Booby – near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Brown Booby – offshore Cape May, New Jersey

Wilson’s Plover – Sea Bright, New Jersey

Townsend’s Warbler – Provincetown, Massachusetts

Townsend’s Warbler – Fairhaven, New York

Kentucky Warbler – Portland, Maine

White-winged Dove – Cincinnati, Ohio

Birders are still monitoring the presence of continuing rare birds too, including a Slate-throated Redstart in Big Bend National Park, Texas; the Little Egrets in southern Maine, a Pink-footed Goose in Quebec, and a Red-footed Booby in California. This spring is really producing an exciting array of rare birds for birders to document – keep alert!

For more information, see the American Birding Association’s Rare Bird Alert at http://blog.aba.org/2019/05/rare-bird-alert-may-10-2019.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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