Excited birders were surprised by what turned out to be only the Third State Record of a Crested Caracara flying along the coast at Fort Morgan in Alabama.
Canadian birders led the week’s rare bird sightings with three provincial records from British Columbia alone, including the Second Provincial Record of a Common Crane, sighted in a large flock of Sandhill Cranes feeding in the Peace River area of British Columbia. Birders also found a Second Provincial Record Red-shouldered Hawk in Metchosinm, BC, along with a 12th Provincial Record Green-tailed Towhee in Lumby. (BC was the place to be!) But not to be bested, Edmonton birders enjoyed a First Provincial Record Ash-throated Flycatcher for Alberta. And yes, there were plenty of American rare bird sightings last week too!
STATE & PROVINCIAL RECORDS
First Provincial Record Ash-throated Flycatcher – Edmonton, Alberta
Second Provincial Record Common Crane – Peace River area, British Columbia
Second Provincial Record Red-shouldered Hawk – Metchosinm, British Columbia
Second State Record Virginia’s Warbler – Union County, Tennessee
Third State Record Crested Caracara – Fort Morgan, Alabama
Third Provincial Record Black-throated Sparrow – Courtice, Ontartio
Sixth State Record Reddish Egret – Moab, Utah
Twelfth Provincial Record Green-tailed Towhee – Lumby, British Columbia
REALLY RARE FAR-WEST ALASKA SIGHTINGS
White-tailed Eagle – Nome, Alaska
Rustic Buntings – St. Paul Island, Pribilofs, Alaska
Eyebrowed Thrush – St. Paul Island, Pribilofs, Alaska
Gray Wagtail – St. Paul Island, Pribilofs, Alaska
Garganey – St. Paul Island, Pribilofs, Alaska
REALLY RARE SIGHTINGS
Fork-tailed Flycatcher – Willacy County, Texas
Black-throated Sparrow – near Duluth, Minnesota
Kirtland’s Warbler – Northampton County, Virginia
Black-throated Blue Warbler – Fargo, North Dakota
Lark Bunting – Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts
Rock Wren – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Brown Booby – near Fort Smith, Arkansas
Nazca Booby – offshore of Monterey, California
Harris’s Hawk – Fairgarden, Tennessee
CONTINUING RARE BIRDS
Believe it or not, no continuing rare birds were reported this week, so clearly even the rarest birds are on the move, which bodes well for finding more off-course rare birds this week – keep your eyes peeled and your ears sharpened for your next rare bird – and share it with the ABA, eBird, and us!
For more information, see the American Birding Association’s Rare Bird Alert at http://blog.aba.org/2019/10/rare-bird-alert-october-11-2019.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/