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Rare Bird Alert: November 4, 2016

Friday, November 4, 2016 6:09
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It was an exceptional week for rarities in the ABA, as the calendar turns to November, that most exciting month for vagrancy. There are lots of quality continuing vagrants in the US and Canada this week, including Northern Jacana (ABA Code 4) and Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) in Texas, Rufous-backed Robin (3) in Arizona, the intermittent Yellow-legged Gull (4) in Newfoundland ad both Lesser Sand-Plover (3) and Blue-footed Booby (4) in California.

The biggest find this week is undoubtedly the ABA’s (and Texas’s) 3rd record of Amazon Kingfisher (5), in Laredo, Weld County. This is not far from the site where the ABA’s 1st record of this species was found in 2010, and at the precise time of year when the ABA’s 2nd was found in 2013. So it seems three year intervals are right in line for this species.

Photo: Beth McBroom (S32329385) via Macauley Library

Photo: Beth McBroom (S32329385) via Macauley Library

Also notable in Texas, a Eurasian Wigeon was photographed in Cameron, and a Plain-capped Starthroat (4) at the hummingbird feeder live feed in Jeff Davis.

It was a very good week for 1sts, with records coming from disparate places in the ABA Area. Most noteworthy, a 1st record White Wagtail (3) in Rye, New Hampshire is one of only very few records from the east coast.

Manitoba also joins the fun, with a Painted Redstart in Pinawa representing a 1st provincial record, and one of only a very small handful for Canada.

A well-photographed Field Sparrow in Clallam, Washington, represents a 1st for that state as well.

A very good find in the far north, a Cape May Warbler was photographed in Sitka, Alaska, this week.

In British Columbia, good birds include a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in Tofino, and a Red-throated Pipit (3) in Metchosin.

Oregon had a Scarlet Tanager in Lincoln, this week.

Noteworthy for Idaho, an American Golden-Plover was found near Hazelton.

Nevada had a Thick-billed Kingbird in Clark and the state’s 3rd record of Pomarine Jaeger in Washoe.

In California, a Streak-backed Oriole (4) was in Riverside, earlier in the month, representing the first in the state in nearly a decade. There was also a compelling report of a Common Rosefinch (4) in Humboldt, but as yet unconfirmed.

Good for New Mexico was a Prothonotary Warbler in Dona Ana.

In Louisiana, a Tropical/Couch’s Kingbird was found in Plaquemines.

Alabama had a Vermilion Flycatcher near Mobile this week.

The Manitoba Painted Redstart was not the only individual in the region this week, as one was also found in Marathon, Wisconsin, suggesting birders around the Great Lakes should be on the lookout. Also this week, an unidentified shearwater sp was seen in Ozaukee.

Ontario has a Pink-footed Goose (4) near Casselman this week.

In Quebec, a Townsend’s Warbler was found in Saguenay, and a Tropical Kingbird in Chaudière-Appalaches.

Nova Scotia had a photogenic Brown Booby (3) at Auld’s Cove, and a MacGillivray’s Warbler in Dartmouth.

New York hosted a quartet of great birds this week, including a Pink-footed Goose (4) on Long Island, a Gray Kingbird near Bergen, a Virginia’s Warbler in Westchester, and an Ash-throated Flycatcher on Staten Island.

Pennsylvania had a Calliope Hummingbird at a feeder in Montgomery and a Cave Swallow photographed in Lycoming.

And in Virginia, a young Northern Shrike was photographed in Fairfax.


Omissions and errors are not intended, but if you find any please message blog AT and I will try to fix them as soon as possible. This post is meant to be an account of the most recently reported birds. Continuing birds not mentioned are likely included in previous editions listed here. Place names written in italics refer to counties/parishes.

Readers should note that none of these reports has yet been vetted by a records committee. All birders are urged to submit documentation of rare sightings to the appropriate state or provincial committees. For full analysis of these and other bird observations, subscribe to North American Birds <>, the richly illustrated journal of ornithological record published by the ABA.

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