One of the first reported American Flamingos found in Florida was photographed along the Sanibel Causeway east of Fort Myers by Ron Buening.
Three exciting state records were documented by birders last week, including a First State Record Ruff in Wyoming, a Second State Record that included 5 Hudsonian Godwits in Nevada, and a Fifth State Record Long-tailed Jaeger in Connecticut. One of the big stories of the week in the wake of Hurricane Idalia was the appearance of American Flamingos, initially with several sightings across Florida, but soon including sightings in South Carolina, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama, and Texas!
STATE & PROVINCIAL RECORDS
First State Record Ruff – Mortenson Lake Refuge, Wyoming
Second State Record Hudsonian Godwit (5) – Carson Lake, Nevada
Fifth State Record Long-tailed Jaeger – Madison, Connecticut
One of the big stories of the week was the appearance of American Flamingos, initially with several sightings coming out of Florida from near Tallahassee to the Keys beginning last Wednesday. Soon sightings were being reported farther north along the storm’s Atlantic Coast route, including Bull Island, South Carolina, and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina. Even more surprising have been the 2 American Flamingos documented at Caesars Creek State Park in Ohio with 5 others sighted near Collinwood, Tennessee. Three have also been seen in Alabama, and 5 more were seen as far west as the Bolivar Peninsula in Texas. With flamingos sighted as far north as Ohio, surely Ontario birders must be on alert for flamingos in Canada. For more information, you can refer to the Birding News article in this issue, and we’ll certainly have an update in the next issue.
REALLY RARE BIRDS
Red-necked Stint – Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, California
Buff-breasted Sandpiper – Point Armour, Labrador
Blackburnian Warbler – Fishhook Park, Washington
Blue-headed Vireo – Washtucna, Washington
Black-throated Sparrow – Gove County, Kansas
Lark Sparrow – Rutherford Beach, Louisiana
Limpkins – 10+ statewide, Tennessee
Limpkin – Pennyfield Lock, Maryland
Limpkin – Jordan Lake, North Carolina
REALLY RARE FAR WEST ALASKA BIRDS
Little Bunting – Gambell, St. Laurence Island, Alaska
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper – St. Paul Island, Pribilofs, Alaska
CONTINUING REALLY RARE BIRDS
Steller’s Sea Eagle – Newfoundland
Large-billed Terns – Florida
Berylline Hummingbird – Arizona
LaSagra’s Flycatcher – Florida
Brown Jays – Texas
For more information, you can refer to the American Birding Association’s Rare Bird Alert at Rare Bird Alert: September 1, 2023 - American Birding Association (aba.org) 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 info about individual rare bird sightings from the ABA state rare bird alert listserves that you can access at http://birding.aba.org/ or at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ABArare/