April 5, 2024

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include Berylline Hummingbird (ABA Code 4) in Arizona, the ABA 1st Gray Gull (5), now in Alabama, a Gray Heron (4) in Nova Scotia, and the continuing Red-flanked Bluetail (4) in New Jersey. In Texas, the Cattle Tyrant (5) continues on the upper coast, and Mottled Owl (5),  Bare-throated Tiger Heron (5), Brown Jay (4), Fan-tailed Warbler (4) and Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) in Texas.

Sustained easterly winds blowing across the North Atlantic over the last few days have brought an impressive variety of European vagrants to Newfoundland, including a Whooper Swan (4) in St. Lewis, a somewhat expected Pink-footed Goose (3) in St. Anthony, and multiple  European Golden-Plovers (4) in Cartwright. More noteworthy was a Common Shelduck (4) in Bonavista.

But the biggest surprise of this ongoing movement was a Eurasian Oystercatcher discovered walking around downtown St. John’s. This species has been recorded in the ABA Area only a handful of times in the past, all but one of those records come from Canada’s easternmost province.

Indiana boasted its first record of Chestnut-collared Longspur among a flock of Lapland Longspurs in Hendricks Co back in January, but the bird was only conclusively identified this week.

A stunning adult Brambling (3) in Taney Co, Missouri, represents a 1st for that state and the latest in a spate of records of this nomadic Asian songbird in the ABA Area this winter.

In Connecticut, a Ruff (3) was seen in Fairfield Co.

And out to the outlying islands of Hawaii, where a pair of Gray Herons (4) were seen on Midway.

Omissions and errors are not intended, but if you find any please message blog AT aba.org 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.