Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The ABA Rare Bird Alert’s Weekly Highlights

A Townsend’s Warbler was sighted far beyond its western range among 16 species of warblers in northeast North Carolina – a Fifth State Record – and another was sighted even farther afield in Blackhead, Newfoundland.

Staff from the Rocky Point Bird Observatory operating a banding station near Victoria, British Columbia, were surprised to find a Brown Shrike, a Eurasian species that’s only been recorded in Canada once before – on the opposite side of the country, in Nova Scotia, 22 years ago. There was an American record last week too – the Florida Keys yielded a Third American Record Antillian Palm Swift in Marathon, plus there were four First State Records last week, including a Black-chinned Hummingbird in North Dakota, a Kirtland’s Warbler in Iowa, and a Cassin’s Sparrow in Minnesota with another sighted far east in New Hampshire – and there’s much more to report.



Second Canadian Record Brown Shrike – near Victoria, British Columbia



Third American Record Antillian Palm Swift – Marathon, Florida



First State Record Black-chinned Hummingbird – Stanley, North Dakota

First State Record Cassin’s Sparrow – Star Island, New Hampshire

First State Record Cassin’s Sparrow – Twin Harbors, Minnesota

First State Record Kirtland’s Warbler – Clinton, Iowa

Second State Record Gull-billed Tern – Odiorne State Park, New Hampshire

Third State Record Sharp-tailed Sandpiper – Muskegan, Michigan

Fourth State Record LeConte’s Sparrow – near Hollis, New Hampshire

Fifth State Record Townsend’s Warbler – Duck, North Carolina



Rustic Buntings (2) – St. Paul Island, the Pribilofs, Alaska

Hawfinch – St. Paul Island, the Pribilofs, Alaska

Townsend’s Warbler – Blackhead, Newfoundland

Anna’s Hummingbird – Wilson, Kansas

Gray Kingbird – Aberdeen, Maryland

Fork-tailed Flycatcher – near Corpus Christi, Texas

Ash-throated Flycatchers (2) – Tofino, British Columbia

Yellow Rail – Lodi, New Jersey

Arctic Tern – Lake Mead near Boulder City, Nevada

Sabine’s Gull – Waveland, Mississippi

Long-tailed Jaeger – Lake Pleasant, Arizona

Brown Booby – offshore from Richmond, British Columbia

Royal Tern – southwest, Maine

Black Skimmers – southwest, Maine



Birders continue to see the Jack Snipe and Siberian Accentor on St. Paul Island in the Pribilof Islands, Alaska, along with the Marsh Sandpiper on Adak Island in the Alaskan Aleutians. The Red-footed Booby and Blue-footed Booby also continue to be seen in coastal California. What fun we’re having as October progresses!

For more information, see the American Birding Association’s Rare Bird Alert at 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 or at