Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The ABA Rare Bird Alert’s Weekly Highlights

The First State Record Vermillion Flycatcher was observed by birders in Nampa, Idaho, while another Vermillion Flycatcher was sighted far beyond its normal range in Wooster, Ohio.

Idaho birders made headlines last week when they found a First State Record Vermillion Flycatcher in Nampa, Idaho; while another exciting wayward Vermillion Flycatcher was found near Wooster, Ohio. Wary Canadian birders also documented only the Second Provincial Record Golden-crowned Sparrow near Renews, Newfoundland. Another Snail Kite made the records list, this one was a Third State Record photographed at Lake Marion, South Carolina. South Texas birders found an especially exciting hummingbird – a Green-breasted Mango – at the Edinburg World Birding Center, and a Northern Jacana was found at Estero llano Grande State Park in Weslaco.



First State Record Vermillion Flycatcher – Nampa, Idaho

Second Provincial Record Golden-crowned Sparrow – near Renews, Newfoundland

Third State Record Snail Kite – Lake Marion, South Carolina

Ninth State Record White Ibis – St. Clair, Michigan



Vermillion Flycatcher – near Wooster, Ohio

Tropical Kingbird – Cambridge Narrows, New Brunswick

Tropical Kingbird – East Machias, Maine

Pacific Coast Flycatcher – Hadley, Massachusetts

Cassin’s Kingbird – Green Pond, South Carolina

Ash-throated Flycatcher – near Burns Lake, British Columbia

Eastern Wood Pewee – Bent, Colorado

Say’s Phoebe – near Hornersville, Missouri



Green-breasted Mango – Edinburg, Texas

Northern Jacana – Weslaco, Texas

Rufous-backed Thrush – Yuma County, Arizona

Little Egret – Accomack, Virginia

King Eider – Evanston, Illinois

Varied Thrush – San Saba, Texas

Worm-eating Warbler – Davis, California

Townsend’s Warbler – Flatrock, Newfoundland

Chipping Sparrow – Homer, Alaska

Black-chinned Hummingbird – Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Bell’s Vireo – Acoaxet, Massachusetts

Black-headed Grosbeak – Gulf Shores, Alabama

Common Ground Dove – Toronto, Ontario

Parasitic Jaeger – Oahe Dam, South Dakota

Long-tailed Jaeger – near Nashville, Tennessee

Brown Booby – Avalon, New Jersey

Brown Booby – near Waldron, Washington

Black Skimmer – Pownal Bay, Prince Edward Island

Glossy Ibis – Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland



The first Yellow-browed Warbler recorded in the Lower 48 was re-sighted in California last week, as was the Antillean Palm Swift, which was recently declared the Second North American Record for this species, continues to be reported by birders on Marathon Key in south Florida. Also, the Red-footed Booby, presumably the same bird observed earlier, continues in California. Who knows what exciting birds will be uncovered this week by birding sleuths across the United States and Canada.

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